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
Phone Hacking In the U.K., there’s also a lingering civil case that dates back to Murdoch’s previous attempt to acquire Sky, which was derailed in 2011 amid a phone-hacking scandal.
Mr. Rodriguez was directed to a special traffic court the county has started for veterans, which officials say is the first of its kind in the country and where their service and its lingering consequences would be given special consideration.
For six years Ebony’s name lingered on a wait list, moving through the overburdened bottleneck that was the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8.
After experiencing lingering tightness, Karns was shut down for a week before beginning a throwing program last week.
Oil prices edged up Thursday but remained in bear-market territory on lingering concerns about a global supply glut.
Instead, most experts say Wakefield’s work set back autism research and created unwarranted fear about childhood vaccinations that lingers today.
After the Glendale school board denied a petition Tuesday that would have allowed Options For Youth to establish a charter school within Glendale Unified’s boundaries, questions linger over the charter school’s La Crescenta campus.
Although summer heat will hold a tight grip on the weather this week, winter cold and flu season continues to linger in Naperville.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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