dan·​gle | \ ˈdaŋ-gəl How to pronounce dangle (audio) \
dangled; dangling\ ˈdaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dangle (audio) \

Definition of dangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely
2 : to be a hanger-on or a dependent
3 : to occur in a sentence without having a normally expected syntactic relation to the rest of the sentence (such as climbing in "Climbing the mountain the cabin came into view") a dangling participle a dangling modifier

transitive verb

1 : to cause to dangle : swing dangled her feet in the water
2a : to keep hanging uncertainly
b : to hold out as an inducement



Definition of dangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of dangling
2 : something that dangles

Other Words from dangle


dangler \ ˈdaŋ-​g(ə-​)lər How to pronounce dangle (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for dangle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of dangle in a Sentence

Verb Let your arms dangle at your sides. She sat on the edge of the pool, dangling her feet in the water. He dangled a piece of string in front of the cat. The money she dangled in front of him wasn't enough to convince him to sell. They refused to accept the money that was dangled before their eyes.
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First Known Use of dangle


1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangle


probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dangle to dangle

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More Definitions for dangle


dan·​gle | \ ˈdaŋ-gəl How to pronounce dangle (audio) \
dangled; dangling

Kids Definition of dangle

1 : to hang loosely especially with a swinging motion The keys were there, dangling in the ignition.— Louis Sachar, Holes
2 : to cause to hang loosely We dangled our feet in the water.

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