dally


dal·ly

verb \ˈda-lē\

: to do something slowly or too slowly

dal·lieddal·ly·ing

Full Definition of DALLY

intransitive verb
1
a :  to act playfully; especially :  to play amorously
b :  to deal lightly :  toy <accused him of dallying with a serious problem>
2
a :  to waste time
b :  linger, dawdle
dal·li·er noun

Examples of DALLY

  1. Please don't dally. We need you here right away.
  2. The two of us dallied over our coffee that morning.

Origin of DALLY

Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-French dalier
First Known Use: 15th century

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