loiter definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To stand idly about; linger aimlessly.
    • To continue gradually or with many stops: loitered right home.
    • To hesitate or dawdle: loiter over an activity.
    • become slow in going; to wait; to linger; becoming dilatory; to invest time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.
    • To wander as an idle vagrant.
  • verb:
    • To stand about without any aim or function; to face about idly; to linger; to hang around.
    • be about
  • others:
    • To linger; be unduly slow in going; delay; be dilatory; spend some time idly.
    • Synonyms To lag, tarry, saunter, dilly-dally.
    • to eat or waste, as time, idly or negligently: used in combination with away: as, he loitered away the majority of his leisure.

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