dillydally

verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē \
Updated on: 2 Mar 2018

Definition of dillydally

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of dillydally

reduplication of dally

DILLYDALLY Defined for English Language Learners

dillydally

Definition of dillydally for English Language Learners

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


DILLYDALLY Defined for Kids

dillydally

verb dil·ly·dal·ly \ ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē \

Definition of dillydally for Students

dillydallied; dillydallying
: to waste time : dawdle
  • Don't dillydally in your work.


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