dally

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdæli/
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  • Rhymes: -æli

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 trivial activities, or in idleness; to trifle.
    • a. 1726, Calamy, Benjamin, “A Sermon Preach'd on Ash-Wednesday”, in J. Calamy, editor, Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions:
      [] we have trifled too long already about a matter of such infinite moment, it is perfect Madness to dally any longer. []
    • a. 1692, Barrow, Isaac, The Danger and Mischief of Delaying Repentance:
      [] after we by our presumptuous delays have put off God, and dallied with his grace; []
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To caress, especially of a sexual nature; to fondle or pet
  3. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Possibly from Spanish dale la vuelta (twist it around) by law of Hobson-Jobson, from dale + la + vuelta.

Noun[edit]

dally (plural dallies)

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

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To wind the lasso rope (ie throw-rope) around the saddle horn (the saddle horn is attached to the pommel of a western style saddle) 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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