dangle

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

dangle

noun

Definition of dangle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of dangling
2 : something that dangles

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Other Words from dangle

Verb

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

Synonyms for dangle

Synonyms: Verb

hang, sling, suspend, swing

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Spider-Man: Far From Home, her most recent film, is roping in a giant segment of its audience by dangling the question of whether Zendaya and Tom Holland are secretly in love. Constance Grady, Vox, "What makes Zendaya a great celebrity," 15 July 2019 None of us — whether by dangling off buildings or running billion-dollar companies — come here to be lazy or fail. Amgad Naguib, Twin Cities, "Amgad Naguib: Lazy people don’t immigrate," 11 July 2019 Thirty of them live in manufactured burrows, small black boxes connected by a tube resembling a tunnel that sits below a small cage with a piece of dangling black drain pipe for play. Andrew Nicla, AZCentral.com, "Late hours, no pay, diminishing returns: Scouring the Arizona desert for black-footed ferrets," 10 July 2019 Peter's own love interest, MJ (Zendaya), is dangled by a series of awkward will-they-or-won't-they flirtations that feel painfully formulaic. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man: Far from Home," 1 July 2019 She is usually portrayed as a hideous clawed mother goddess, decked out in writhing serpents, with a grotesque necklace of dangling human hearts, skulls, and hands. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Cowardly Incoherence of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, and other Iconoclasms," 25 June 2019 The Knicks tried to acquire Davis by dangling Kristaps Porzingis before the February deadline, but at the time New Orleans was happy holding on to its star until the summer. Stefan Bondy, courant.com, "Commentary: With Anthony Davis going to Lakers, Knicks’ summer looks like another downer," 16 June 2019 Because the festivities were private, no photos have been released from the celebration, but paparazzi pictures from outside the venue show the Sussexes' arrival, including Meghan wearing a stunning pair of dangling earrings for the occasion. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Black Safiyaa Look at the Royal Variety Performance," 19 Nov. 2018 Ground staff found Pandey’s body hanging from the belly of the 90-seater Bombardier Q400 aircraft at 1:45AM, with his head and left arm stuck inside the vehicle while the rest of his body dangled. Fox News, "Indian airline technician killed after hydraulic door accidentally closed on him," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Extra square footage can be put underground, often dug while the old Victorian dangles in the air above it. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Millionaires Living in the Mining Cabins," 1 Nov. 2018 Wiring dangles from ceilings in rooms that look out at the massive grey slabs of the separation barrier. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Unfinished Palestinian parliament a grim symbol," 6 July 2018 In a meat market, rows of aged prosciutto dangle from steel rods above displays of sausages, fresh cuts of meats, and an almost-holy litany of salumi: mortadella, prosciutto pratomagno, pancetta, coppa, lardo, mondiola, biruldu. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 The unidentifiable figure, an Iranian Everyman, seems about to take a cautious step forward — or, more sinisterly, dangles suspended in space. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 In his hand, a semi-automatic weapon dangles from his fingers. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""13 Reasons Why" Season 2's School Shooting Plot Presents a Dangerous "What If?"," 21 May 2018 With four Sharks draped over him, Tuch skated through all of them, left a little dangle and dazzled with a finish that went straight past Martin Jones. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Golden Knights, Fleury Post 7-0 Beatdown Against Sharks in Game 1," 27 Apr. 2018 Therefore, a pardon dangle, especially one by the president’s private lawyer, could twist up not only the client, but also the lawyer, in a criminal obstruction probe. Sean Illing, Vox, "I asked 11 legal experts if Trump’s lawyer obstructed justice," 29 Mar. 2018 First, a dangle of a pardon is different than the issuance of a pardon. Sean Illing, Vox, "I asked 11 legal experts if Trump’s lawyer obstructed justice," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dangle

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dangle

Verb

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dangle to dangle

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dangle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dangle

: to hang down loosely especially in a way that makes it possible to swing freely
informal : to offer (something) in order to persuade someone to do something

dangle

verb
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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