Definition of dandle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdand(ə)l/


[with object]
1Move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way: he dandled his son on his knee
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  • 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!
bounce, jiggle, ride, dance, toss, pet, rock;
hug, cradle, fondle, cuddle, caress
1.1Move (something) lightly up and down: dandling the halter rope, he gently urged the pony’s head up
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  • 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.


Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with dandle

candle, Coromandel, Handel, handle, mishandle, Randall, sandal, scandal, vandal

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Line breaks: dan¦dle

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