1 move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees
2 pet; "the grandfather dandled the small child"
EtymologyCompare German dändeln, Old Dutch and Provincial German danten, German tand; Scots dandill.
- To move up and down on one’s knee or in one’s arms, in
affectionate play, as an infant.
- Ye shall be dandled . . . upon her knees. - Is.?
- To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
- 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