from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To pamper or pet.
- n. Narragansett Bay See seesaw. See Regional Note at teeter-totter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move up and down on one’s knee or in one’s arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
- v. To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
- v. To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To move up and down on one's knee or in one's arms, in affectionate play, as an infant.
- transitive v. To treat with fondness, as if a child; to fondle; to toy with; to pet.
- transitive v. To play with; to put off or delay by trifles; to wheedle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shake or move up and down in the arms or on the knee, as a nurse tosses or trots an infant; amuse by play.
- Hence To fondle or make much of; treat as a child; pet; amuse.
- To play or trifle with; put off with cajolery or trifling excuses; wheedle; cajole.
- To defer or protract by trifles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees
- v. pet
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare German dändeln ("to trifle, dandle"), Old Dutch and Provincial German danten, German tand ("trifle, prattle"); Scots dandill ("dander, to go about idly, to trifle"). (Wiktionary)