dandle

verb
dan·​dle | \ˈdan-dᵊl \
dandled; dandling\-​(d)liŋ, -​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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Examples of dandle in a Sentence

the college president is a past master at dandling wealthy alumni

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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

origin unknown

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The first known use of dandle was in 1530

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dandle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dandle

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

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