dillydally


dil·ly·dal·ly

verb \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>

Origin of DILLYDALLY

reduplication of dally
First Known Use: 1741

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: dillyman
Previous Word in the Dictionary: dillydallier
All Words Near: dillydally

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up dillydally? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More