Dal·ly v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dallied p. pr. & vb. n. Dallying.]
1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle.
We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer. --Calamy.
We have put off God, and dallied with his grace. --Barrow.
2. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport.
Not dallying with a brace of courtesans. --Shak.
Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind. --Shak.
Dal·ly, v. t. To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
Dallying off the time with often skirmishes. --Knolles.
v 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,
4: consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She
plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" [syn: trifle,