DANDLE, v.t. To set an unresisting child upon one's knee and jolt its teeth loose in a transport of affection. A grown girl may be similarly outraged, but her teeth being more firmly secure, there can be no object in doing so, and the custom is a mere mechanical survival of a habit acquired by practice on babes and suckling.
If you care not for the scandalYou can hold a girl and dandleHer upon your knee all night;But the game's not worth the candleWhen 'tis played by candle light.But whene'er you feel the yearning,And the candle isn't burning-Or at least not very bright,The the little game concerningWhich I sing is very quite.
2010 Update: To prepare young tykes for the ascensive drubbings that replace affection away from the familial knee.