dandle

verb

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

the college president is a past master at dandling wealthy alumni
Recent Examples on the Web An hour later, Musk took X to New York and dandled him on his knee while being photographed for Time. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 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, 12 Oct. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dandle was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Dandle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dandle. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dandle

verb
dan·​dle ˈdan-dᵊl How to pronounce dandle (audio)
dandled; dandling -dliŋ How to pronounce dandle (audio)
-dᵊl-iŋ
1
: to move up and down in one's arms or on one's knee in affectionate play
2
: pamper, pet
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