verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē\

: to move or act too slowly : to waste time

Full Definition of DILLYDALLY

intransitive verb
:  to waste time by loitering or delaying :  dawdle

Examples of DILLYDALLY

  1. <don't dillydally on the way to the store>
  2. <restaurant employees who, during the slow periods, would rather be doing something instead of just dillydallying>


reduplication of dally
First Known Use: 1741


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