Dally
Dally Dal"ly (d[a^]l"l[y^]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dallied} (d[a^]l"l[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dallying}.] [OE. dalien, dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen, dalen, dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull.] 1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle. [1913 Webster]

We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer. --Calamy. [1913 Webster]

We have put off God, and dallied with his grace. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport. [1913 Webster]

Not dallying with a brace of courtesans. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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