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English verb: dally

1. dally (social) behave carelessly or indifferently


SamplesPlay about with a young girl's affection.


Synonymsflirt, play, toy


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Verb groupdally, play, trifle

2. dally (motion) waste time


SamplesGet busy--don't dally!.


Synonymsdawdle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

3. dally (communication) talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions


SamplesThe guys always try to chat up the new secretaries.
My husband never flirts with other women.


ExamplesSam wants to dally with Sue


Synonymsbutterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, romance


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)speak, talk


Narrower (hyponym)vamp, wanton

4. dally (cognition) consider not very seriously


SamplesHe is trifling with her.
She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania.


ExamplesSam wants to dally with Sue


Synonymsplay, trifle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)consider, deal, look at, take


Verb groupdally, flirt, play, toy









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