To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way.
To pamper or pet.
To dance (a small child) up and down on the knee or in the arms.
To pamper; indulge.
To move up and down on one’s knee or in one’s arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
Origin of dandle
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”).