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.
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
archaic or literary tarry
early 17th century: reduplication of dally.