dally

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-Norman delaier

Verb[edit]

dally (third-person singular simple present dallies, present participle dallying, simple past and past participle dallied)

  1. To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
    • Calamy
      We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer.
    • Barrow
      We have put off God, and dallied with his grace.
  2. To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
    • Shakespeare
      Not dallying with a brace of courtesans.
  3. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
  4. To wind the lasso rope around the saddle pummel after the roping of an animal
    • 2003, Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy, page 89:
      The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from Spanish "da le la vuelta !" ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.

Noun[edit]

dally (plural dallies)

  1. Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
    • 1947 - Bruce Kiskaddon, Rhymes and Ranches
      What matters is now if he tied hard and fast, / Or tumbled his steer with a dally.