Definition of dilly-dally in English:

dilly-dally

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɪlɪdali
 
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verb (dilly-dallies, dilly-dallying, dilly-dallied)

[no object] informal
Waste time through aimless wandering or indecision: don’t dilly-dally for too long
More example sentences
  • It's never too early to start loitering, and dilly-dallying.
  • Don't four-year-olds often dilly-dally, stall, and do just about everything slowly?
  • While they're dilly-dallying, my house is falling apart.
Synonyms
waste time, dally, dawdle, loiter, linger, take one's time, delay, mark time, kill time, while away time, potter, trifle, temporize, stall, procrastinate, drag one's feet, play a waiting game; dither, hesitate, falter, vacillate, waver, fluctuate; Britishhaver, hum and haw; Scottishswither
informal shilly-shally, blow hot and cold, let the grass grow under one's feet, pussyfoot around
archaic or literary tarry

Origin

early 17th century: reduplication of dally.

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