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.

updated on June 25, 2018

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Definitions of dandle from WordNet

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
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.