dalliance dalliance  /ˈdæ li əns/


  1. (n) the deliberate act of delaying and playing instead of working
  2. (n) playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest


  1. Studds' dalliance occurred a decade ago with a 17-year-old boy, just after the Congressman's election to the House.
  2. None is strikingly attractive, and as a group they are hardly the sort that older men would invite for a weekend of dalliance.
  3. He has so little furtive pleasure to gain, and so much reputation to put at risk, that his dalliance has the lurid fatalism of a soap opera.


  1. Of Human Bondage: Kino Classics Remastered Edition (Blu-ray)

    Highly Recommended Note: images do not reflect the contents of the Of Human Bondage Blu-Ray. The Movie: There have been a few film adaptations made from Of Human Bondage , W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 novel of a destined-to-fail dalliance between a sensitive club-footed young man and an alluring but manipulative harpy. Of the three Hollywood versions, the 1934 RKO production starring Bette Davis ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: DVD Talk

  2. Kings Reportedly Interested in Adding Larry Bird to Front Office

    New Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive hasn't wasted any time making sweeping changes to the organization since taking over operations, and his latest dalliance could lead to a big name heading the franchise's way. According to a report by The Sacramento Bee 's Jason Jones , Ranadive has had conversations with NBA Hall of Famer and former Indiana Pacers executive Larry Bird about joining the ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report


  1. "The acceptance for the role of co-artistic director of this company is not a dalliance," Blanchett, 37, said. "It's an absolutely firm commitment and it is not one that Andrew nor myself have made lightly."
    on Nov 9, 2006 By: Cate Blanchett Source: The West Australian

  2. Gaffney wrote in a piece entitled "The Jihadist Candidate" that the Obama campaign had a "dalliance with Islamists - those who embrace Islam's repressive theo-political-legal code known as Shariah and who are working for its triumph in the...
    on Oct 24, 2008 By: Frank Gaffney Source: Tapped

  3. As Milbank says, "Massa's dalliance with the right was to be a one-night stand."
    on Mar 10, 2010 By: Dana Milbank Source: NPR (blog)

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