Meaning and Origin
What does the name Dally mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
- 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.]
- 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.]
Etymology: OE. dalien dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen dalen dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull
- Consider not very seriously
- Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
- Waste time ("Get busy--don't dally!")
- Behave carelessly or indifferently
From Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-Norman delaier.
Possibly from Spanish dale la vuelta (“twist it around”) by law of Hobson-Jobson, from dale + la + vuelta.
- Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.