dandle

verb dan·dle \ ˈdan-dᵊl \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

Definition of dandle

dandled; dandling play \-(d)liŋ, -dᵊl-iŋ\
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

Examples of dandle in a Sentence

  1. the college president is a past master at dandling wealthy alumni

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Origin and Etymology of dandle

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DANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

dandle

verb

Definition of dandle for English Language Learners

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



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