- to dance (a small child) up and down on the knee or in the arms
- to pamper; indulge
Origin of dandle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps or akin to OIt dandolare, (later) dondolare, to swing up and down, dally, trifle
transitive verbdan·dled, dan·dling, dan·dles
- To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way.
- To pamper or pet.
Origin of dandleOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present dandles, present participle dandling, simple past and past participle dandled)
Compare German dändeln (“to trifle, dandle”), Old Dutch and Provincial German danten, German Tand (“trifle, prattle”); Scots dandill (“dander, to go about idly, to trifle”).