dally


dally

verb

Definition of DALLY

1
to engage in activity for amusement <he spent his college years dallying, seemingly determined to acquire as little knowledge as possible>
Related Words cavort, frisk, gambol, romp; dabble, trifle; amuse, divert, entertain; delight, please; dabble, fiddle (around), mess around, putter (around); bum (around), dawdle, goldbrick, hang, hang about [British], idle, loaf, lounge (around or about), relax, rest, screw around, slack (off); jest, joke, tease
Near Antonyms drudge, labor, plod, plug (away), slave, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, work
2
to move or act slowly <don't dally on the way to the interview>
Related Words fiddle (around), fool around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; amble, ease, inch, lumber, plod, saunter, shuffle, stagger, stroll; decelerate, slow (down or up); filibuster, procrastinate, stall, temporize
3
to show a sexual attraction for someone just for fun <she spent the summer dallying with a guy renting the neighboring beach house>
Synonyms coquet (or coquette), dally, frivol, mess around, toy, trifle
4
to spend time doing nothing <I kept dallying at my desk until I couldn't put off doing my work any longer>
Synonyms bum, chill, dally, dawdle, dillydally, drone, footle, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), hang about [British], kick around, kick back, laze, lazy, loaf, loll, lounge, veg out
Related Words fiddle (around), fool, mess, monkey, muck, piddle, play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle; doze, estivate (also aestivate), hibernate; lag, linger, loiter, poke, relax, rest, tarry; amble, mosey, saunter, stroll, swan; furlough, goldbrick, malinger, truant

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