verb (dilly-dallies, dilly-dallying, dilly-dallied)[no object] • informal
- Waste time through aimless wandering or indecision: don’t dilly-dally for too longMore 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.
early 17th century: reduplication of dally.