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Definition of "dandle" [dan•dle]

  • To move (a small child) up and down on the knees or in the arms in a playful way: "Somebody who was dandled on Queen Victoria's knee must appear an old fogy” ( Edward, Duke of Windsor). (verb-transitive)
  • To pamper or pet. (verb-transitive)
  • Narragansett Bay See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dandle" in a sentence
  • "And as I recline next to Lillian Hellman, I dandle Miss Kathie's adopted baby on my knee."
  • "Society existed to dandle them and indulge their fantasies."
  • "There was much happiness—Arthur now had a plump baby daughter, Mary, to dandle on his knee—and, thanks to Sherlock Holmes, the wherewithal to do a “proper” Christmas, with all the trimmings."