dalliance

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From Middle English

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dalliance (plural dalliances)

  1. Playful flirtation; amorous play. [from 14th c.]
  2. A wasting of time in idleness or trifles. [from 16th c.]
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, chapter 2/4/1, “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days[1]:
      But, with a gesture, she put a period to this dalliance—one shouldn't palter so on an empty stomach, she might almost have said.
  3. A sexual relationship, not serious but often illicit.

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