dan·​dle | \ ˈdan-dᵊl How to pronounce dandle (audio) \
dandled; dandling\ ˈdan-​(d)liŋ How to pronounce dandle (audio) , -​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of dandle

transitive verb

1 : to move up and down in one's arms or on one's knee in affectionate play dandle a baby
2 : pamper, pet

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the college president is a past master at dandling wealthy alumni
Recent Examples on the Web The day after the election, Taaz Robinson, a fellow third-year, posted a picture on Buckingham’s Facebook page of Donald Trump as an infant being dandled by Vladimir Putin. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "These young ironworkers are betting on new technology --and traditional unions — to achieve their American dream," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dandle

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dandle

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“Dandle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandle. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dandle

chiefly British : to move (a baby) up and down in your arms or on your knee as a way of playing

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