Dally vs Dangle - What's the difference?

dally | dangle |


As verbs the difference between dally and dangle

is that dally is to waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle while dangle is to hang loosely with the ability to swing.

As nouns the difference between dally and dangle

is that dally is several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in while dangle is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.

dally

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl)

Verb

  • To waste time in voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to trifle.
  • * Calamy
  • We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer.
  • * Barrow
  • We have put off God, and dallied with his grace.
  • To interchange caresses, especially of a sexual nature; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport (compare dalliance)
  • * Shakespeare
  • Not dallying with a brace of courtesans.
  • 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:
  • The end of the top rope he dallied around the gooseneck trailer hitch.
    Synonyms
    * dilly-dally

    Etymology 2

    Possibly from (etyl) "da le la vuelta ! " ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.

    Noun

    (dallies)
  • 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 .

    dangle

    English

    Verb

    (dangl)
  • to hang loosely with the ability to swing
  • * Hudibras
  • He'd rather on a gibbet dangle / Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle.
  • * Tennyson
  • From her lifted hand / Dangled a length of ribbon.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=David Simpson
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=36, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Fantasy of navigation , passage=Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.}}
  • (intransitive, slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of performing a move or deke with the puck in order to get past a defender or goalie; perhaps because of the resemblance to dangling the puck on a string.
  • To hang or trail something loosely.
  • To trail or follow around.
  • * 1833 , Miller's Modern Acting Drama
  • To dangle at the elbow of a wench who can't make up her mind to accept the common title of wife, till she has been courted a certain number of weeks — so the old blinker, her father, says.

    Noun

    (wikipedia dangle) (en noun)
  • An agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group.
  • (slang, ice hockey, lacrosse) The action of dangling; a series of complex stick tricks and fakes in order to defeat the defender in style.
  • That was a sick dangle for a great goal!
  • A dangling ornament or decoration.
  • * 1941 , Flora Thompson, Over to Candleford
  • So her father wrote to Mrs. Herring, and one day she arrived and turned out to be a little, lean old lady with a dark brown mole on one leathery cheek and wearing a black bonnet decorated with jet dangles , like tiny fishing rods.

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