Simple Definition of dangle
: to hang down loosely especially in a way that makes it possible to swing freely
: to offer (something) in order to persuade someone to do something
Full Definition of dangle
dan·gleddan·gling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely
2 : to be a hanger-on or a dependent
3 : to occur in a sentence without having a normally expected syntactic relation to the rest of the sentence (as climbing in “Climbing the mountain the cabin came into view”) <a dangling participle> <a dangling modifier>
1 : to cause to dangle : swing <dangled her feet in the water>
2 a : to keep hanging uncertainly b : to hold out as an inducement
Examples of dangle
Let your arms dangle at your sides.
She sat on the edge of the pool, dangling her feet in the water.
He dangled a piece of string in front of the cat.
The money she dangled in front of him wasn't enough to convince him to sell.
They refused to accept the money that was dangled before their eyes.
Origin of dangle
probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan dangle to dangle
First Known Use: 1565
First Known Use of dangle
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