To Dándle. v.a. [dandelen, Dutch.]
- To shake a child on the knee, or in the hands, to please and quiet him.
Then shall ye suck, and shall be born upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. Is. lxvi. 12.
Thy little brethren, which, like fairy sprights,
Oft skip into our chamber those sweet nights,
And, kiss'd and dandl'd on thy father's knee,
Were brib'd next day to tell what they did see. Donne.
Courts are but superficial schools to dandle fools. Wotton.
Sporting the lion ramp'd, and in his paw
Dandled the kid. Milton's Paradise Lost, b. iv. l. 344.
Motion occasions sleep, as we find by the common use of rocking froward children in cradles, or dandling them in their nurses arms. Temple.
- To fondle; to treat like a child.
Their child shall be advanc'd,
And be received for the emp'ror's heir;
And let the emperor dandle him for his own. Sh. Tit. Andr.
They have put me in a silk gown, and a gaudy fool's cap; and I am ashamed to be dandled thus, and cannot look in the glass without blushing, to see myself turned into such a little pretty master. Addison's Guardian, № 113.
- To delay; to procrastinate; to protract by trifles.
Captains do so dandle their doings, and dally in the service to them committed, as if they would not have the enemy subdued. Spenser on Ireland.