Dalliance Dal"li*ance, n. [From {Dally}.] 1. The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play. [1913 Webster]

Look thou be true, do not give dalliance Too much the rein. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O, the dalliance and the wit, The flattery and the strife! --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. Delay or procrastination. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Entertaining discourse. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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