Definition of linger
- fans lingered outside the door
- was seriously ill, but lingered on for several months
- lingering doubts
- lingering odors
- He lingered in settling the estate in order to increase his fees.
- lingering homeward
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.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
drag one's feet (also drag one's heels), drop behind, fall behind, hang fire, mark time, take one's time;
: to stay somewhere beyond the usual or expected time
: to continue to exist as time passes
: to remain alive while becoming weaker
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