verb \ˈli-tər\

: to remain in an area when you do not have a particular reason to be there

Full Definition of LOITER

intransitive verb
:  to delay an activity with idle stops and pauses :  dawdle
a :  to remain in an area for no obvious reason
b :  to lag behind
loiter noun
loi·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of LOITER

  1. Loitering is prohibited outside the theaters.
  2. <don't loiter in this neighborhood after dark>

Origin of LOITER

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LOITER


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