from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To play amorously; flirt: "Sylvester dallied about Lena until he began to make mistakes in his work” ( Willa Cather). See Synonyms at flirt.
- intransitive v. To trifle; toy.
- intransitive v. To waste time; dawdle.
- transitive v. To waste (time).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
- v. To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
- v. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
- v. To wind the lasso rope around the saddle pummel after the roping of an animal
- n. Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
- intransitive v. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.
- transitive v. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To talk idly or foolishly; pass the time in idle or frivolous chat.
- To trifle away time in any manner, as in vague employment or in mere idleness; linger; loiter; delay.
- To play, sport, frolic, toy, as in exchanging caresses; wanton.
- To delay; defer; put off.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. waste time
- v. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
- v. behave carelessly or indifferently
- v. consider not very seriously
Middle English dalien, from Old French dalier.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-Norman delaier (Wiktionary)
Possibly from Spanish "da le la vuelta !" ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson. (Wiktionary)