Definition of dandle in English:

dandle

Syllabification: dan·dle
Pronunciation: /ˈdandl
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way.
    More example sentences
    • I pictured my sister, opening drawers while dandling her newborn, and swearing under her breath.
    • He rumpled the boy's straight dark hair as he dandled him on his knee.
    • Sherlock, I used to dandle you on my knee when you were a boy; you and your beloved cloth giraffe!
    Synonyms
    bounce, jiggle, dance, rock
  • 1.1Move (something) lightly up and down: dandling the halter rope, he gently urged the pony’s head up
    More example sentences
    • So what if Sweeney buys drinks for Rachel Rabinowitz or Aunt Helen's footman dandles the second parlormaid?
    • Rather, my first thought is of the scene in which Tom (wonderfully and perfectly portrayed by Nick Nolte) dandles a priceless violin out the window.
    • Serena, who was only a girl herself, dandled the doll impressively before her bewildered eyes.

Origin

mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

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