dilly-dally

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dil·ly-dal·ly

 (dĭl′ē-dăl′ē)
intr.v. dil·ly-dal·lied, dil·ly-dal·lying, dil·ly-dal·lies
To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.

[Reduplication of dally.]

dil′ly-dal′li·er n.

dilly-dally

(ˌdɪlɪˈdælɪ)
vb, -lies, -lying or -lied
(intr) informal to loiter or vacillate
[C17: by reduplication from dally]

dilly-dally


Past participle: dilly-dallied
Gerund: dilly-dallying

Imperative
dilly-dally
dilly-dally
Present
I dilly-dally
you dilly-dally
he/she/it dilly-dallies
we dilly-dally
you dilly-dally
they dilly-dally
Preterite
I dilly-dallied
you dilly-dallied
he/she/it dilly-dallied
we dilly-dallied
you dilly-dallied
they dilly-dallied
Present Continuous
I am dilly-dallying
you are dilly-dallying
he/she/it is dilly-dallying
we are dilly-dallying
you are dilly-dallying
they are dilly-dallying
Present Perfect
I have dilly-dallied
you have dilly-dallied
he/she/it has dilly-dallied
we have dilly-dallied
you have dilly-dallied
they have dilly-dallied
Past Continuous
I was dilly-dallying
you were dilly-dallying
he/she/it was dilly-dallying
we were dilly-dallying
you were dilly-dallying
they were dilly-dallying
Past Perfect
I had dilly-dallied
you had dilly-dallied
he/she/it had dilly-dallied
we had dilly-dallied
you had dilly-dallied
they had dilly-dallied
Future
I will dilly-dally
you will dilly-dally
he/she/it will dilly-dally
we will dilly-dally
you will dilly-dally
they will dilly-dally
Future Perfect
I will have dilly-dallied
you will have dilly-dallied
he/she/it will have dilly-dallied
we will have dilly-dallied
you will have dilly-dallied
they will have dilly-dallied
Future Continuous
I will be dilly-dallying
you will be dilly-dallying
he/she/it will be dilly-dallying
we will be dilly-dallying
you will be dilly-dallying
they will be dilly-dallying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dilly-dallying
you have been dilly-dallying
he/she/it has been dilly-dallying
we have been dilly-dallying
you have been dilly-dallying
they have been dilly-dallying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dilly-dallying
you will have been dilly-dallying
he/she/it will have been dilly-dallying
we will have been dilly-dallying
you will have been dilly-dallying
they will have been dilly-dallying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dilly-dallying
you had been dilly-dallying
he/she/it had been dilly-dallying
we had been dilly-dallying
you had been dilly-dallying
they had been dilly-dallying
Conditional
I would dilly-dally
you would dilly-dally
he/she/it would dilly-dally
we would dilly-dally
you would dilly-dally
they would dilly-dally
Past Conditional
I would have dilly-dallied
you would have dilly-dallied
he/she/it would have dilly-dallied
we would have dilly-dallied
you would have dilly-dallied
they would have dilly-dallied
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.dilly-dally - postpone doing what one should be doing; "He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
procrastinate - postpone or delay needlessly; "He procrastinated the matter until it was almost too late"

dilly-dally

verb
To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
Translations

dilly-dally

[ˈdɪlɪdælɪ] VI
1. (= loiter) → entretenerse, demorarse
2. (= hesitate) → andarse con titubeos

dilly-dally

[ˌdɪliˈdæli] vitraînasser, lambiner

dilly-dally

vi (over work etc) → trödeln; (when walking also) → bummeln; without dilly-dallyingohne zu trödeln/bummeln; no dilly-dallying!ein bisschen dalli!

dilly-dally

[ˈdɪlɪˌdælɪ] vi (fam) → gingillarsi

dilly-dally

(diliˈdӕli) verb
to waste time especially by stopping often. She's always dilly-dallying on the way to school.
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