Dal"ly (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dallied (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dallying.] [OE. alien, 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.]


To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.

We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer. Calamy.

We have put off God, and dallied with his grace. Barrow.


To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.

Not dallying with a brace of courtesans. Shak.

Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind. Shak.


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Dal"ly, v. t.

To delay unnecessarily; to while away.

Dallying off the time with often skirmishes. Knolles.


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