intransitive verb Etymology: reduplication of dally Date: 1741 to waste time by loitering or delaying ; dawdle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • dillydally — index stall Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dillydally — [dil′ē dal΄ē] vi. dillydallied, dillydallying [redupl. of DALLY] to waste time in hesitation or vacillation; loiter or dawdle …   English World dictionary

  • dillydally — v. (D; intr.) to dillydally with * * * (D; intr.) to dillydally with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dillydally — /dil ee dal ee, dal /, v.i., dillydallied, dillydallying. to waste time, esp. by indecision; vacillate; trifle; loiter. [1735 45; gradational redupl. of DALLY] * * * …   Universalium

  • dillydally — Synonyms and related words: abide, await, bide, bide the issue, dally, dawdle, delay, diddle, dilly, doodle, drag, falter, flag, goof off, halt, hang about, hang around, hold everything, hold on, hold your horses, lag, linger, loiter, lollygag,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dillydally — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dawdle, dally, vacillate, waver; see delay 1 , hesitate , loiter . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. waste time, procrastinate, vacillate, dawdle, trifle, lag, loiter …   English dictionary for students

  • dillydally — v. (Slang) stall, procrastinate, put off until a later time; dawdle, waste time, loiter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dillydally — v. n. Loiter, linger, delay, lag, saunter, trifle, dally, dawdle, idle away time …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • dillydally — v vacillate, fluctuate, waver, hover, hem and haw, blow hot and cold; trifle, toy, flirt, potter, putter, Inf. piddle, Sl. futz; dally, dawdle, loiter, linger, shillyshally, take one s time, take one s own sweet time, Inf. lallygag; delay, tarry …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • dillydally — dil·ly·dal·ly …   English syllables

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