Etymology
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dandle (v.)

"to shake or move up and down in the arms or on the knee," 1520s, of unknown origin. Perhaps somehow felt to be imitative. Compare Italian dondolare "to dandle, swing," and French dandiner, from Old French dandin "small bell," imitative of its sound. Related: Dandled; dandling.

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Definitions of dandle

dandle (v.)
move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees;
dandle (v.)
pet;
the grandfather dandled the small child
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