dillydally

verb
dil·ly·dal·ly | \ ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē \

Definition of dillydally 

intransitive verb

: to waste time by loitering or delaying : dawdle

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Examples of dillydally in a Sentence

don't dillydally on the way to the store restaurant employees who, during the slow periods, would rather be doing something instead of just dillydallying

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Bathroom breaks and other excuses for dillydallying give your heart rate a chance to return to normal. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "18 Ways to Maximize Your Workout and Lose Weight Faster," 22 May 2015

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First Known Use of dillydally

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dillydally

reduplication of dally

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The first known use of dillydally was in 1741

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dillydally

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dillydally

: to move or act too slowly : to waste time

dillydally

verb
dil·ly·dal·ly | \ ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē \
dillydallied; dillydallying

Kids Definition of dillydally

: to waste time : dawdle Don't dillydally in your work.

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