shilly-shally


1shilly–shally

adverb \ˈshi-lē-ˌsha-lē\

Definition of SHILLY-SHALLY

:  in an irresolute, undecided, or hesitating manner

Origin of SHILLY-SHALLY

irregular reduplication of shall I
First Known Use: 1700

2shilly–shally

adjective

Definition of SHILLY-SHALLY

First Known Use of SHILLY-SHALLY

1734

3shilly–shally

intransitive verb

: to hesitate and take a long time to do or decide something

shilly–shall·iedshilly–shally·ing

Full Definition of SHILLY-SHALLY

1
:  to show hesitation or lack of decisiveness or resolution
2
:  dawdle

First Known Use of SHILLY-SHALLY

1754

4shilly–shally

noun

Definition of SHILLY-SHALLY

First Known Use of SHILLY-SHALLY

1755

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