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Below you will find the definition of dalliance, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
EXAMPLES - Dalliance in a Sentence
- A service like ours can help arrange a successful dalliance. (source)
- Back then, I preferred alcohol-induced enlightenment to sexual dalliance. (source)
- The same sort of dalliance is going on in Manchester according to Hopi Sen (source)
- Downtown Toronto voters seem to have ended their "dalliance" with mayoral candidate Rob (source)
- It was pretty obvious to him that Cara's relationship with Mia was more than a "dalliance". (source)
- Favre's latest dalliance centered on the ankle that was injured in New Orleans and needed surgery. (source)
- "How do you become a millionaire?" mused Warren Buffett, who had an unhappy dalliance with US Airways. (source)
- At that time, many in the investment community saw this move by Jobs as dalliance or a pure vanity move. (source)
- Today most Americans view the space program as a dalliance that they will never live to see the big reveal for. (source)
- Change in Course Donald Trump went from a public dalliance with a White House run to working on his golf handicap. (source)
- After last night, he had no alternative but to acknowledge his attraction to Leah was more than a simple dalliance. (source)
- In his biography, Andrew Motion called the dalliance with Patsy "the most happily erotic" of Larkin's relationships. (source)
- When her cuckolded husband blackmailed him, Hamilton paid hush money to keep his wife from learning of the dalliance. (source)
- After receiving anonymous tips about Souder's extramarital dalliance, Howell confronted the congressman last Wednesday. (source)
- In contrast, KKR's 11-month dalliance with East Resources, an independent natural-gas producer, has worked like a charm. (source)
- The seemingly daily discovery of another dalliance was, she said, an "emotional roller coaster" that caused her hair to fall out. (source)
- Karla, who's struggling with infertility and married to a humorless union organizer, finds solace in an unlikely sexual dalliance. (source)
- We're also glad to see it's not just a lesbian dalliance, which is a storyline much more suited for college students on television. (source)
- Roger Wery, a partner in the alternative energy practice of consulting firm PRTM, called Toyota's dalliance with Tesla "a hedging strategy." (source)
- His needs were met by the anonymous prostitutes of the Marine district, and by the occasional short-term dalliance with fellow civil servants. (source)
- Leontius, a Eustathius, or a Brutus, would rather pass his hours in dalliance with an unlettered courtezan, than in the conversation of a Theano, a (source)
- Pretty much anyone with an interest in electronic music will have had a dalliance with a Moog at some point, so enduring is their legacy and appeal. (source)
- The idea of mixing religion with official military functions is more frightening and dangerous than government in general in some kind of dalliance with it. (source)
- Meanwhile, the executives over at Emanuel Ungaro are repairing the damage after their short-lived dalliance with the unorthodox talent known as Lindsay Lohan. (source)
- Heartbreak is now the end product of Arnold Farthing's long dalliance with Moscow Centre, and, because Naldo was, and is, a party to the truth, he became involved. (source)
- When I grew tired of planning herb troughs and realigning rose trellises, then the kind of dalliance in a wine shop that I had denied to the boys would suit me fine. (source)
- After that, each day brought tawdry details of a new dalliance and Woods became the butt of jokes on the internet and late-night TV and Woods 'endorsement deals were canceled. (source)
- The Australian innings had been anchored by their old stagers, Ponting and Michael Clarke, both of whom were prepared to take their time and to avoid too much Twenty20 dalliance. (source)
- From his poison-tipped pen flowed the expose of Hamilton's dalliance with the young Maria Reynolds, which had prompted Hamilton, while treasury secretary, to pay hush money to her husband. (source)
- I take it to signify any occasion when one attains a degree of maturity or adulthood, e.g. a bar mitzvah, or more generally a rite of passage such as dalliance with Mr Arnott's alluring Ms Fagg! (source)
- Though the site might seem the idle dalliance of an English professor on summer break, it was created by Dmitry Chestnykh, a 27-year-old Russian software programmer currently living in Montenegro. (source)
- "It looks like George Smitherman is reclaiming the downtown," said Jodi Shanoff, a senior vice-president at Angus Reid, adding that the "dalliance" some downtown voters had with Ford appears to be over. (source)
- Then we flashed back to the band's dalliance with Interscope Records, wrote a feature story about the band's reunion, interviewed long-time D-Plan producer Chad Clark and watched the band perform on Fallon. (source)
- With Edwards's much publicized dalliance with his campaign filmmaker -- an episode that led to marital discord, a love child and a train-wreck-style flame out -- it seemed the gay-baiting was no longer applicable. (source)
- In spite of being half of our country's media, I thought I could quietly mingle at cocktail parties and even indulge in the occasional karaoke dalliance with Neil Diamond's "Forever in Blue Jeans", forever unnoticed. (source)
- After many japes, the odd cardiac scare and a bit of soul-searching, Jane and Jake finally end their dalliance and the film closes with an ambiguous whimper; I doubt even Streep has any inkling of what happens to her character. (source)
- She'd no notion of leisurely love-making, either; thirty seconds of gentle dalliance and she started behaving like the Empress Theodora run amok, with poor old Flashy fighting for his life, belaboured by balloons of black jelly. (source)
- The hole in my gut was as neat and handy as a wound can hope to be, and thirty years earlier would have been right in a fortnight, but now it turned angry, no doubt from the strain imposed by my frustrating half-dalliance with Madame de la Tour d'Auvergne, damn her wanton ways. (source)
- The inspector, too, brings his own back story to the party: Still in mourning for his recently killed wife "more than anything on earth he wanted her back", Lynley is conducting a bureaucratically illicit affair with his female "guv'nor" at the Yard, a dalliance haunted by the memory of his late, beloved Helen. (source)
- The woman in question who apparently was having some kind of dalliance, according to reports with Tiger Woods, not confirmed by any credible media source, has done an interview with "The New York Post," on the record, explaining her position and explaining what she thinks has been outlandish lies and rumors about her. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "dalliance" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 16 synonyms for dalliance.
dabbling, delay, delaying, dilly-dallying, frittering, frivoling, idling, loafing, loitering, playing, poking, procrastinating, procrastination, puttering, toying, trifling
We have 4 antonyms for dalliance.
hastening, hurrying, push, rush
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of dalliance from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Frivolous spending of time; dawdling.
- (noun) Playful flirtation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A sexual relationship, not serious but often illicit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The act of dallying, trifling, or fondling; interchange of caresses; wanton play.
- (noun) Delay or procrastination.
- (noun) Entertaining discourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Familiar and easy conversation; idle talk; chat; gossip.
- (noun) A trifling away of time; delay; idle loitering.
- (noun) Play; sport; frolic; toying, as in the exchange of caresses; wantonness.
- (noun) The act of trifling, as with something tempting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
- (noun) the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working