- to hang loosely so as to swing back and forth: a long tail dangled from the kite
- to be a hanger-on; follow (after)
- to refer to an implied, rather than stated, word in the sentence in which it occurs: said of a modifier [in “After marrying him, the house seemed more cheerful,” “marrying” is a dangling participle]
Origin of dangle; from Scand, as in Danish dangle, Icelandic dingla, to dangle
- to hold (something) so that it hangs and swings loosely: the child dangled the doll by its arm
- to offer in a tempting or teasing way as an inducement
verbdan·gled, dan·gling, dan·gles
- To cause to hang loosely or swing: dangled my feet in the water.
- To offer as an inducement or an enticement: dangled the prospect of a promotion in exchange for his testimony.
Origin of danglePerhaps from Danish dangle or Swedish dangla.
(third-person singular simple present dangles, present participle dangling, simple past and past participle dangled)
- (intransitive) to hang loosely with the ability to swing
- His feet would dangle in the water.
- (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
- He dangled around three players and the goalie to score.
- To hang or trail something loosely.
- I like to sit on the edge and dangle my feet in the water.
- An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
- (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
- That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
- A dangling ornament or decoration.
Perhaps of Scandinavian origin, akin to Danish dingle.