dangle VERB 1) hang so as to swing freely. 2) offer (an incentive) to someone.
DERIVATIVES dangler noun dangly adjective.
ORIGIN symbolic of something loose and hanging.

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  • Dangle — Dan gle (d[a^][ng] g l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dangling}.] [Akin to Dan. dangle, dial. Sw. dangla, Dan. dingle, Sw. dingla, Icel. dingla; perh. from E. ding.] To hang loosely, or with a swinging or jerking motion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dangle — may refer to: a Dangle (espionage) is an agent of one intelligence agency or group who pretends to be interested in defecting or turning to another intelligence agency or group. In ice hockey, a dangle is a variety of moves where a player dekes… …   Wikipedia

  • Dangle — Dan gle, v. t. To cause to dangle; to swing, as something suspended loosely; as, to dangle the feet. [1913 Webster] And the bridegroom stood dangling his bonnet and plume. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dangle — [daŋ′gəl] vi. dangled, dangling [< Scand, as in Dan dangle, Ice dingla, to dangle] 1. to hang loosely so as to swing back and forth [a long tail dangled from the kite] 2. to be a hanger on; follow (after) 3. to lack clear syntactic connection… …   English World dictionary

  • dangle — 1590s, probably from Scandinavian (Cf. Dan. dangle, Swed. dangla to swing about, Norw. dangla), perhaps via N.Fris. dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling …   Etymology dictionary

  • dangle — suspend, *hang, sling Analogous words: oscillate, sway, pendulate, fluctuate (see SWING): *swing, wave …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dangle — [v] suspend brandish, depend, droop, entice, flap, flaunt, flourish, hang, hang down, lure, sling, sway, swing, tantalize, tempt, trail, wave; concepts 153,190 …   New thesaurus

  • dangle — v. 1) (d; intr.) to dangle from (his keys dangled from a chain) 2) (d; tr.) to dangle before, in front of (to dangle bait in front of smb.) * * * [ dæŋgl] in front of (to dangle bait in front of smb.) (d; tr.) to dangle before (d; intr.) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dangle — UK [ˈdæŋɡ(ə)l] / US verb Word forms dangle : present tense I/you/we/they dangle he/she/it dangles present participle dangling past tense dangled past participle dangled 1) [intransitive/transitive] if you dangle something, or if it dangles, it… …   English dictionary

  • dangle — I. verb (dangled; dangling) Etymology: probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish dangle to dangle Date: 1565 intransitive verb 1. to hang loosely and usually so as to be able to swing freely 2. to be a hanger on or a dependent 3. to occur… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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