verb (used without object), dan·gled, dan·gling.
- to hang loosely, especially with a jerking or swaying motion: The rope dangled in the breeze.
- to hang around or follow a person, as if seeking favor or attention.
- Grammar. to occur as a modifier without a head or as a participle without an implied subject, as leaving the tunnel in The daylight was blinding, leaving the tunnel.
verb (used with object), dan·gled, dan·gling.
- to cause to dangle; hold or carry swaying loosely.
- to offer as an inducement.
- the act of dangling.
- something that dangles.
- keep someone dangling, to keep someone in a state of uncertainty.
- to hang or cause to hang freelyhis legs dangled over the wall
- (tr) to display as an enticementthe hope of a legacy was dangled before her
- the act of dangling or something that dangles
1590s, probably from Scandinavian (cf. Danish dangle, Swedish dangla “to swing about,” Norwegian dangla), perhaps via North Frisian dangeln. Related: Dangled; dangling.