dandle (v.) 1520s, of unknown origin. Perhaps somehow felt to be imitative. Cf. It. dondolare "to dandle, swing," and Fr. dandiner, from O.Fr. dandin "small bell," imitative of its sound. Related: Dandled; dandling.

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  • Dandle — Dan dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dandled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dandling}.] [Cf. G. d[ a]ndeln to trifly, dandle, OD. & Prov. G. danten, G. tand trifly, prattle; Scot. dandill, dander, to go about idly, to trifly.] 1. To move up and down on one s knee… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dandle — cuddle, pet, cosset, fondle, *caress Analogous words: *trifle, toy, dally: *play, sport, disport: *handle, swing …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dandle — [v] caress, cuddle amuse, cosset, cradle, dance, fondle, love, nuzzle, pet, play, ride on knee, rock, sport, toss, toy*, toy with*; concepts 147,190 …   New thesaurus

  • dandle — ► VERB ▪ gently bounce (a young child) on one s knees or in one s arms. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • dandle — [dan′dəl] vt. dandled, dandling [< ? or akin to OIt dandolare, (later) dondolare, to swing up and down, dally, trifle] 1. to dance (a small child) up and down on the knee or in the arms 2. to pamper; indulge SYN. CARESS …   English World dictionary

  • dandle — UK [ˈdænd(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms dandle : present tense I/you/we/they dandle he/she/it dandles present participle dandling past tense dandled past participle dandled old fashioned to move a baby or young child up and down gently… …   English dictionary

  • dandle — dandler, n. /dan dl/, v.t., dandled, dandling. 1. to move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down, as on one s knee or in one s arms. 2. to pet; pamper. [1520 30; dand (obscurely akin to the base of F dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle,… …   Universalium

  • dandle — dan•dle [[t]ˈdæn dl[/t]] v. t. dled, dling 1) to move (as a child) lightly up and down, on one s knee or in one s arms 2) to pet; pamper • Etymology: 1520–30; dand (obscurely akin to the base of F dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and… …   From formal English to slang

  • dandle — /ˈdændl/ (say dandl) verb (t) (dandled, dandling) 1. to move lightly up and down, as a child on the knees or in the arms. 2. to pet. {? from Italian dondolare; or ? from Scandinavian; compare Faeroese danda dandle} –dandler, noun …  

  • dandle — transitive verb (dandled; dandling) Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1530 1. to move (as a baby) up and down in one s arms or on one s knee in affectionate play 2. pamper, pet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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