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

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dillydallying

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



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