Dal"li*ance (?), n. [From Dally.]

1.

The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play.

Look thou be true, do not give dalliance
Too much the rein.
Shak.

O, the dalliance and the wit,
The flattery and the strife
Tennyson.

2.

Delay or procrastination.

Shak.

3.

Entertaining discourse.

[Obs.]

Chaucer.

 

© Webster 1913.

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