Definition of dilly-dally in English:

dilly-dally

Syllabification: dil·ly-dal·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈdilēˌdalē
 
/

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, temporize, stall, procrastinate, pussyfoot around, drag one's feet; dither, hesitate, falter, vacillate, waver, hem and haw
informal shilly-shally, lollygag, let the grass grow under one's feet
archaic tarry

Origin

early 17th century: reduplication of dally.

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