Simple Definition of loiter
: to remain in an area when you do not have a particular reason to be there
Examples of loiter in a sentence
Loitering is prohibited outside the theaters.
<don't loiter in this neighborhood after dark>
Origin and Etymology of loiter
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of loiter
delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off (as a beginning or departure) <we cannot delay any longer>. procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy <procrastinates about making decisions>. lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others <lagging behind in technology>. loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time <loitered at several store windows> <children dawdling on their way home from school>. dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary <stop dallying and get to work>.
LOITER Defined for Kids
Definition of loiter for Students
1 : to hang around somewhere for no good reason <Loitering outside the store is prohibited.>
2 : to dawdle on the way to somewhere <Don't loiter on your way home.>
Legal Definition of loiter
: to remain in or hang around an area for no obvious purpose; specifically : to linger for the purpose of committing a crime <a statute forbidding any person from loitering on school grounds>
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