dangle

Dangle means to hang or swing loosely. If you dangle string above a kitten you will both be entertained.

The verb dangle probably comes from a late 16th century Danish or Swedish word meaning “loose or pendulous,” though we don’t know for sure. You may have a taste for big, showy earrings that dangle. Or, you might even dangle a possibility — "If you were to dangle the prospect of dessert to a child, then you better follow through!"

Definitions of dangle
  1. verb
    hang freely
    “the ornaments dangled from the tree”
    synonyms: drop, swing
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    types:
    droop, loll
    hang loosely or laxly
    type of:
    hang
    be suspended or hanging
  2. verb
    cause to dangle or hang freely
    “He dangled the ornaments from the Christmas tree”
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    type of:
    suspend
    hang freely
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