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to lightly bounce a child on one’s knee or in one’s arms; pamper; pet
Not to be confused with:
dangle – suspend loosely and sway to and fro: dangle the wind chimes from the tree branch; to hold out a hope enticingly: dangle the prize in front of the contestant
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tr.v. dan·dled, dan·dling, dan·dles
1. To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way.
2. To pamper or pet.
n. Narragansett Bay
also dandle board See seesaw.
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1. to move (a young child, etc) up and down (on the knee or in the arms)
2. to pet; fondle
[C16: of uncertain origin]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v.t. -dled, -dling.
1. to move (as a child) lightly up and down, on one's knee or in one's arms.
2. to pet; pamper.
[1520–30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le]
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Past participle: dandled
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|Verb||1.||dandle - move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees|
portmanteau, portmanteau word, blend - a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'"; "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'"; "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"
|2.||dandle - pet; "the grandfather dandled the small child"|
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vt → schaukeln (→ on auf +dat)
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