Dandling
Dandle Dan"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dandled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dandling}.] [Cf. G. d["a]ndeln to trifly, dandle, OD. & Prov. G. danten, G. tand trifly, prattle; Scot. dandill, dander, to go about idly, to trifly.] 1. To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant. [1913 Webster]

Ye shall be dandled . . . upon her knees. --Is.? [1913 Webster]

2. To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet. [1913 Webster]

They have put me in a silk gown and gaudy fool's cap; I as ashamed to be dandled thus. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The book, thus dandled into popularity by bishops and good ladies, contained many pieces of nursery eloquence. --Jeffrey. [1913 Webster]

3. To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Captains do so dandle their doings, and dally in the service, as it they would not have the enemy subdued. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


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