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- Horseplay, fooling around.
- 1862 August, Harper's Magazine:
- Mr. Biggs paused and turned the flesh of the succulent lobster over with his finger. The gentleman inside addressed him: ‘Try er lobstaw, bossy?’ ‘Ain't got no money,’ said Mr. Biggs, still fingering the morsels. ‘Oh, come now, none o' that ere lallygag,’ responded the gentleman.
- A layabout, one who lallygags.
- 1913, Gelett Burgess, Love in a Hurry, Bobbs-Merrill Company, page 8:
- ["]Why, you ought to have been ready half an hour ago!" she said, pushing him into his room fondly. "You're a lackadaisical lallygag, that's what you are! Do you realize how much you've got to do to-day, Mr. Bonistelle?"
- (See lollygag.) To dawdle; to be lazy or idle; to avoid necessary work or effort.
- (archaic, US) To pet, kiss, or otherwise demonstrate overt affection, generally in public.
- 1894, Frederick Thickstun Clark, On Cloud Mountain: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper and Brothers, page 115:
- "She's goin' to wait fer us down to Rothschild's bridge. 'N' her 'n' me 's goin' to set on the back seat together—" / "'N' lallygag," interrupted his mother. […] / "Oh, we allus lallygag when we git together, me 'n' Cynthy does." […]
- 1898, William Cowper Brann, The Complete Works of Brann, the Iconoclast, page 257:
- Kissing is a game that should always be played in private. Those who must lallygag or perish should pull down the blinds.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:lallygag.