from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which dangles or hangs; one who dangles about another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who dangles about or after others, especially after women; a trifler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one who dangles about others, especially after women.


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to dangle + -er


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  • Danglers are "ordinarily unattached participles, either present participles (ending in -ing) or past participles (ending usu. in -ed), that do not relate syntactically to the nouns they are supposed to modify. In effect, the participle tries to sever its relationship with its noun or pronoun."

    - A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage 244 (2d ed. 1995) by Bryan A. Garner

    See dangling modifier.

    June 29, 2010