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dangle

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verb dan·gle \ˈdaŋ-gəl\

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. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely

  3. 2 :  to be a hanger-on or a dependent

  4. 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>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to dangle :  swing <dangled her feet in the water>

  7. 2 a :  to keep hanging uncertainly b :  to hold out as an inducement

dan·gler play \-g(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of dangle

  1. Let your arms dangle at your sides.

  2. She sat on the edge of the pool, dangling her feet in the water.

  3. He dangled a piece of string in front of the cat.

  4. The money she dangled in front of him wasn't enough to convince him to sell.

  5. 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


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dangle

noun dan·gle

Definition of dangle

  1. 1 :  the action of dangling

  2. 2 :  something that dangles



1756

First Known Use of dangle

1756




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