-verb (used with object) -dled, -dling
1. to move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down as on one’s knee or in one’s arms.
2. to pet; pamper.
1520-30; dand- (obscurely akin to the base of French dandiner to dandle, se dandiner to waddle, and related Romance words) + -le
“What life is best?
Courts are but only superficial schools
To dandle fools:
The rural parts are turned into a den
Of savage men:
And where’s a city from all vice so free,
But may be termed the worst of all the three?”
~ Francis Bacon ~
British philosopher and statesman