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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Dal"ly
  1. To waste time in effeminate or voluptuous pleasures, or in idleness; to fool away time; to delay unnecessarily; to tarry; to trifle."We have trifled too long already; it is madness to dally any longer." [Calamy.]"We have put off God, and dallied with his grace." [Barrow.]
  2. To interchange caresses, especially with one of the opposite sex; to use fondling; to wanton; to sport."Not dallying with a brace of courtesans." [Shak.]"Our aerie . . . dallies with the wind." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. dalien dailien; cf. Icel. pylja to talk, G. dallen dalen dahlen, to trifle, talk nonsense, OSw. tule a droll or funny man; or AS. dol foolish, E. dull

verb Dal"ly
To delay unnecessarily; to while away.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Consider not very seriously
  2. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  3. Waste time ("Get busy--don't dally!")
  4. Behave carelessly or indifferently

From Middle English dalyen, from Anglo-Norman delaier

Possibly from Spanish "dale la vuelta !" ("twist it around !") by law of Hobson-Jobson.

  1. Several wraps of rope around the saddle horn, used to stop animals in roping.

    Notable Persons Named Dally

    Dally Messenger is a rugby player.


    Dally Gbale is a soccer player for the Trikala F.C., A.D. Camacha, S.C. Beira-Mar, SC Mirandela, C.D. Aves, C.D. Tondela, and S.C. Freamunde. Dally was born on January 1st, 1987 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Dally is also known as Gbale and Dally.


    Dally Randriantefy is a tennis player. Dally was born on February 23rd, 1977 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.


    Dally was born on October 31st, 1918.


    Dally is an athlete for the Trikala F.C.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Dally

    Clarence was born in 1865. He died in 1904.



    Ann was born on March 29th, 1929. She breathed her last breath on March 24th, 2007.


    Irvin Dally is a singer-songwriter and alternative rock musician. He plays Guitar, Piano, and Vocals.


    Marcelin was born on August 13th, 1962.


    William was born on February 22nd, 1908. He left this life on May 30th, 1996.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dally U.S.
      White 86.29% 64.26%
      African American 3.92% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 6.45% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Dally

    People with the last name Dally are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Dally

    • How Popular is the name Dally? Dally is the 27,592nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Dally was the 21,371st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dally have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 189 babies born with the first name Dally in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dally to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dally? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Dally first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dally is Friday, September 5th, 1884.
    • What year had the most people named Dally born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dally was in 2017 with a total of 20 babies.
    • Random Dally Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dally is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Dally: Your name in reverse order is Yllad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aydll. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dally? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,225 people with the last name Dally.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dally? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dally as their last name since less than 1 person in 238k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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