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

v hang freely

“the ornaments dangled from the tree”
drop, swing
droop, loll
hang loosely or laxly
Type of:
be suspended or hanging

v cause to dangle or hang freely

“He dangled the ornaments from the Christmas tree”
Type of:
hang freely

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