Definition of loiter
1 : to delay an activity with idle stops and pauses : dawdle asked him not to loiter on the way home
2a : to remain in an area for no obvious reason teenagers loitering in the parking lotb : to lag behind a crowd of people, who loitered to hear the bloodcurdling threats the prisoner shouted — Willa Cather
loitererplay \ˈlȯi-tər-ər\ noun
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
LOITER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of loiter for English Language Learners
: to remain in an area when you do not have a particular reason to be there
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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