- to flirt; play at love
- to deal lightly or carelessly (with); trifle; toy
- to waste time; loiter
Origin of dallyMiddle English dalien ; from Old French dalier, to converse, trifle
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)
From Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-Norman delaier
- Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.