Meaning of “dally” in the English Dictionary


"dally" in English

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dallyverb [ I ]

uk /ˈdæl.i/ us /ˈdæl.i/ old-fashioned

Examples from literature

  • Blueberries were ripe, and beguiled the pair into many a moment's dallying by the wayside. 
  • I dallied over my drink, and then got up and excused myself, saying that I wanted to turn in early. 
  • I have dawdled and dallied, and refused to face things long enough. 
  • The pair dallied behind while the warriors continued their march. 
  • We have failed to regard our leisure hours as a liability but, like the lotus eaters, have dallied in the realm of pleasure. 

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(Definition of “dally” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dally" in American English

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dallyverb [ I ]

us /ˈdæl·i/

to waste time or do something slowly:

She dallied over her morning coffee.

(Definition of “dally” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)