Dandle

Definition of Dandle

Dan´dle
v. t.1.To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
[imp. & p. p. Dandled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dandling .]
Ye shall be dandled . . . upon her knees.
- Is.
2.To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
They have put me in a silk gown and gaudy fool's cap; I as ashamed to be dandled thus.
- Addison.
The book, thus dandled into popularity by bishops and good ladies, contained many pieces of nursery eloquence.
- Jeffrey.
3.To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle.
Captains do so dandle their doings, and dally in the service, as it they would not have the enemy subdued.
- Spenser.

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blend, displace, move, portmanteau, portmanteau word
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