verb (used without object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.
- to waste time; loiter; delay.
- to act playfully, especially in an amorous or flirtatious way.
- to play mockingly; trifle: to dally with danger.
verb (used with object), dal·lied, dal·ly·ing.
- to waste (time) (usually followed by away).
verb -lies, -lying or -lied (intr)
- to waste time idly; dawdle
- (usually foll by with) to deal frivolously or lightly with; trifle; toyto dally with someone’s affections
c.1300, “to talk, converse,” possibly from Anglo-French dalier “to amuse oneself,” of uncertain origin. Sense of “waste time” emerged by late 14c. Related: Dallied; dallying.