dally

Dally means “to waste time.” When you dally, you will cause a delay because of your dawdling.

You have probably heard the expression "to dilly-dally" — which means “to dawdle.” Well, if you take the dilly out of dilly-dally to get just dally — you still have pretty much the same meaning. Dally has other common definitions, such as “to flirt” (especially without care of the result) or “to play.” The light tone is probably an echo of its origin, which is likely the French word dalier, meaning “to amuse oneself.”

Primary Meanings of dally

1.
v
behave carelessly or indifferently
2.
v
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
Full Definitions of dally
1

v behave carelessly or indifferently

Synonyms:
flirt, play, toy
play, trifle
consider not very seriously
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v consider not very seriously

Synonyms:
play, trifle
flirt, play, toy
behave carelessly or indifferently
Type of:
consider, deal, look at, take
take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

v waste time

“Get busy--don't dally!”
Synonyms:
dawdle
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
2

v talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions

Synonyms:
butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, romance
Types:
wanton
engage in amorous play
vamp
act seductively with (someone)
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

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