As an adverb dully
is in a dull manner; without liveliness; without lustre.
As a verb dally is
to waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
As a noun dally is
several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in.
In a dull manner; without liveliness; without lustre.
To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
- We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer.
To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
- We have put off God, and dallied with his grace.
To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
To wind the lasso rope (ie throw-rope) around the saddle horn (the saddle horn is attached to the pommel of a western style saddle) after the roping of an animal
* 2003 , Jameson Parker, An Accidental Cowboy , page 89:
- Not dallying with a brace of courtesans.
- The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.
Possibly from (etyl) "da le la vuelta ! " ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.
Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in .
* 1947 - Bruce Kiskaddon, Rhymes and Ranches
- What matters is now if he tied hard and fast, / Or tumbled his steer with a dally .