To dangle about

To dangle about
Dangle Dan"gle (d[a^][ng]"g'l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion. [1913 Webster]

He'd rather on a gibbet dangle Than miss his dear delight, to wrangle. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

From her lifted hand Dangled a length of ribbon. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

{To dangle about} or {To dangle after}, to hang upon importunately; to court the favor of; to beset. [1913 Webster]

The Presbyterians, and other fanatics that dangle after them, are well inclined to pull down the present establishment. --Swift. [1913 Webster]


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  • Dangle — Dan gle (d[a^][ng] g l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dangle — 1590s, probably from Scandinavian (Cf. Dan. dangle, Swed. dangla to swing about, Norw. dangla), perhaps via N.Fris. dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling …   Etymology dictionary

  • To dangle after — Dangle Dan gle (d[a^][ng] g l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dangle — [c]/ˈdæŋgəl / (say dangguhl) verb (dangled, dangling) –verb (i) 1. to hang loosely with a swaying motion. 2. Colloquial to be hanged. 3. to hang about or follow a person, as if seeking favour. –verb (t) 4. to cause to dangle; hold or carry… …  

  • dangle — Synonyms and related words: advertise, affect, air, around, bag, betoken, blazon forth, bob, bobble, brandish, breathe, bring forth, bring forward, bring into view, bring out, bring to notice, careen, cascade, coggle, daggle, demonstrate, depend …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dangle — I. v. n. 1. Swing, hang loose, hang pendulous. 2. Fawn, hang about, be obsequious. II. v. a. Swing, make oscillate, wave pendulously …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • dangle — v 1. hang, hang down, depend, droop, sag; drag, draggle, trail; swing, sway, oscillate, librate. 2. flaunt, flourish, wave, brandish, hold up. 3. follow, follow at heel, hang about or around, hang on the skirts or sleeve of, attach oneself to,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • hang about — Synonyms and related words: around, clasp, cling to, dangle, follow, follow at heel, follow close upon, follow the crowd, go with, hover over, huddle, hug, hug the shore, keep close to, lie by, march with, stand by, stay inshore, stay near,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Dangled — Dangle Dan gle (d[a^][ng] g l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dangling — Dangle Dan gle (d[a^][ng] g l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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