AskDefine | Define dally

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1 behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection" [syn: toy, play, flirt]
2 waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!" [syn: dawdle]
3 talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women" [syn: chat up, flirt, butterfly, coquet, coquette, romance, philander, mash]
4 consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" [syn: trifle, play] [also: dallied]

User Contributed Dictionary




  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.


  1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
  2. To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (cf dalliance)
  3. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
  4. To wrap the rope around the saddle horn after roping an animal.
    • 2003 - Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy, page 89
      The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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