dandle

play
verb dan·dle \ˈdan-dəl\

Definition of dandle

dandled

dandling

play \-(d)liŋ, -dəl-iŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move (as a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knee in affectionate play

  3. 2 :  pamper, pet

Examples of dandle in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of dandle

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1530


DANDLE Defined for English Language Learners

dandle

play
verb dan·dle \ˈdan-dəl\

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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