American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To hang loosely and swing or sway to and fro.
- v. To be a hanger-on.
- v. To cause to hang loosely or swing.
- v. To cause (one's expectations or hopes) to hang uncertainly or remain unresolved.
- n. The act or an instance of dangling.
- n. Something dangled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hang loosely; be suspended so as to be swayed be the wind or any slight force.
- Hence To dance attendance; hover longingly or importunately, as for notice or favors: used of persons, with about or after: as, to dangle about a woman; to dangle after a great man.
- To carry suspended so as to swing; hold up with a swaying motion.
- n. One of the points, bobs, rings, or the like, that dangle from an object.
- v. intransitive to hang loosely with the ability to swing
- v. intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse the action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie. Probably from It looks like he's dangling the puck on a string.
- v. transitive to hang or trail something loosely
- n. An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
- n. slang, ice hockey, lacrosse The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion.
- v. To cause to dangle; to swing, as something suspended loosely.
- v. cause to dangle or hang freely
- v. hang freely
- Perhaps of Scandinavian origin, akin to Danish dingle. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from Danish dangle or Swedish dangla. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thirty years before, I asked Jim Angleton of the CIA if the Nosenko walk-in was what he called a dangle, and he waved me on.”
“What about those things some people dangle from the rear of their trucks?”
“Didn't he dangle from the aerial tram for a rope rescue demonstration?”
“Four people attached to a massive banner dangle from a Pittsburgh bridge Wednesday to protest the G-20 summit.”
“He concentrated on that, letting the guitar fall and dangle from the strap around his neck.”
“Ribbons, pearl and purple, dangle from the maypole down to the pale hands of children, who pull them, giggling.”
“The manager, a petite mother of three who wears big gold-framed glasses that dangle from a plastic chain, had worked at the Ameriyah bank for 27 years.”
“Get enough of these poor who are not created equally over a period of time IRI, and eventually they will be eating your food, in your house, enjoying and smashing your things while you dangle from a rope.”
“Consider how many little doodads dangle from the cellphone of a stereotypical schoolgirl.”
“However, under no circumstances should you wash or scrub it; the tissue strands that dangle from the tooth have to remain intact foor it to have any chance of surviving.”
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