• (British, GA) IPA: /ˈdændəl/, [ˈdændəɫ]

dandle (dandles, present participle dandling; past and past participle dandled)

  1. (transitive) To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
    • 1978, Bible, New International Version, Isaiah 66:12
      You will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
  2. (transitive) To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
    • [T]hey have put me in a silk night-gown and gaudy fool's cap, and make me now and then stand in the window with it. I am ashamed to be dandled thus, and cannot look in the glass without blushing to see myself turned into such a pretty little master.
    • The book, thus dandled into popularity by bishops and good ladies, contained many pieces of nursery eloquence.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, A View of the present State of Ireland
      captaines, who notwithstanding that they are specially imployed to make peace thorough strong execution of warre, yet they doe so dandle their doings, and dallie in the service to them committed

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