Definition of Loiter

1. Verb. Be about. "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

Exact synonyms: Footle, Hang Around, Lallygag, Linger, Loaf, Lollygag, Lounge, Lurk, Mess About, Mill About, Mill Around, Tarry
Generic synonyms: Be
Specialized synonyms: Lurch, Prowl
Derivative terms: Lingerer, Loiterer, Lounger



Definition of Loiter

1. v. i. To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.

Definition of Loiter

1. Verb. To stand about without any aim or purpose; to stand about idly; to linger; to hang around. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Loiter

1. to stand idly about [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Loiter

loike
loimic
loin
loin of lamb
loincloth
loinclothed
loincloths
loiner
loiners
loinskin
loipe
loipen
loir
loirs
loiter (current term)
loitered
loiterer
loiterers
loitering
loiteringly
loiters
lojbanized
lojbanizes
lojbanizing
loke
lokes
loki
lokorys
lokshen

Literary usage of Loiter

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1. Contested Etymologies in the Dictionary of the Rev. W. W. Skeat by Hensleigh Wedgwood (1882)
"Thus to loiter is to act like a bou/.”—Skeat. The attitude of stooping, ... Moreover, it would be a very unusual change of vowel from lout to loiter in the ..."

2. The Poems of Charles Fenno Hoffman by Charles Fenno Hoffman (1873)
"WHERE DOST THOU loiter, SPRING? WHERE dost thou loiter, Spring, Whilst it behoveth Thee to cease wandering Where thy breeze ..."

3. Hawthorn and Lavender, with Other Verses by William Ernest HENLEY (1901)
"Why do you linger and loiter, O most sweet ? Why do you falter and delay, Now that the insolent, high-blooded May Comes greeting and to greet ? ..."

4. Hawthorn and Lavender, with Other Verses by William Ernest Henley (1901)
"Entreat, and fleet Life gaudily, and so play out their play, Even with the triumphing May— The young-eyed, smiling, irresistible May I Why do you loiter and ..."

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