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dillydally

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Definition of dillydally

intransitive verb: to waste time by loitering or delaying: re about dillydally

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Examples of dillydally in a Sentence

don’t dillydally on the way to the store restaurant employees who, during the slow periods, would rather be doing something instead of just dillydallying Recent Examples on the Web Bathroom breaks and other excuses for dillydallying give your heart rate a chance to return to normal. — Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, “18 Ways to Maximize Your Workout and Lose Weight Faster,” 22 May 2015

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First Known Use of dillydally

1741, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dillydally

reduplication of dally

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The first known use of dillydally was in 1741

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“Dillydally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dillydally. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020. MLA Chicago APA Merriam-WebsterStyle: MLA

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dillydallyverbHow to pronounce dillydally (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dillydally

informal : to move or act too slowly : to waste time

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dillydallyverbdil·​ly·​dal·​ly | ˈdi-lē-ˌda-lē How to pronounce dillydally (audio) dillydallied; dillydallying

Kids Definition of dillydally

: to waste time : dawdle Don’t dillydally in your work.

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