verbdal·lied, dal·ly·ing, dal·lies
- To play amorously; flirt: My friend dallied with my cousin during the picnic.
- To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy. See Synonyms at flirt.
- To dawdle, delay, or linger: Don't dally or we'll miss the train.
Origin of dallyMiddle English dalien, from Old French dalier.
(third-person singular simple present dallies, present participle dallying, simple past and past participle dallied)
- Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
Possibly from Spanish "da le la vuelta !" ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.