dillydally

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verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē\

Definition of dillydally

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to waste time by loitering or delaying :  dawdle

Examples of dillydally in a sentence

  1. <don't dillydally on the way to the store>

  2. <restaurant employees who, during the slow periods, would rather be doing something instead of just dillydallying>

Origin and Etymology of dillydally

reduplication of dally


First Known Use: 1741


DILLYDALLY Defined for English Language Learners

dillydally

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verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē\

Definition of dillydally for English Language Learners

  • : to move or act too slowly : to waste time


DILLYDALLY Defined for Kids

dillydally

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verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē\

Definition of dillydally for Students

dillydallied

dillydallying

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


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