Definition of linger
1 : to be slow in parting or in quitting something : tarry fans lingered outside the door
2a : to remain alive although gradually dying was seriously ill, but lingered on for several monthsb : to remain existent although often waning in strength, importance, or influence lingering doubts lingering odors
3 : to be slow to act : procrastinate He lingered in settling the estate in order to increase his fees.
4 : to move slowly : saunter lingering homeward
1 obsolete : delay
2 : to pass (a period of time) slowly
lingererplay \ˈliŋ-gər-ər\ noun
lingeringlyplay \ˈliŋ-g(ə-)riŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples of linger in a Sentence
The tourists didn't linger very long.
She lingered at the art exhibit.
He lingered in bed and missed breakfast.
They lingered over coffee after dinner.
The heat lingered long after the sun had gone down.
The smell of her perfume lingered.
The idea lingered in their minds.
Recent Examples of linger from the Web
With labor force participation already lingering near its lowest levels since the 1970s, economists see a big challenge in bringing more workers off the sidelines eight years into this economic expansion.
A look at some of the lingering questions after the attack: HOW WAS THIS POSSIBLE?
After Claire goes back inside, headed off to bed with speechwriter Tom Yates (Paul Sparks), the president lingers on the roof to smoke a cigarette.
In the opening shots of Dangerous Minds, a 1995 drama about another white teacher transforming her disaffected students into scholars, the camera lingers on students dancing in the quad and hanging out bus windows.
At third, Kris Bryant showed that a team in the right place at the right time could obliterate the lingering discomfort of a three-season stretch cratered with 286 losses.
Stewart, who missed the opener due to a lingering knee injury, is shooting just 28.9 percent from the field while averaging 13.7 points and 8.0 rebounds.
There were many lingering worries on Friday, most gravely the possibility that Mr. Abedi might have assembled sufficient explosive material to produce a second bomb.
Questions linger as to whether the diminutive Hastings can withstand the physical tole of playing in the SEC every week while still contributing consistently, but the same could be said of John Franklin III.
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Origin and Etymology of linger
Middle English (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, frequentative of lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; akin to Old English lang long
First Known Use: 14th century
LINGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of linger for English Language Learners
: to stay somewhere beyond the usual or expected time
: to continue to exist as time passes
: to remain alive while becoming weaker
LINGER Defined for Kids
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