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
Recent Examples of loiter from the Web
Around the time that bars close, a man loitered outside Vinca at highly visible Jefferson and 48th streets.
Why not give the fans of Tennessee, Georgia, LSU or Texas A&M a chance to put on a funny hat, paint their dog in school colors and loiter in a hotel lobby hoping their favorite coach or player might stop by and say howdy?
Forlorn salarymen donned their usual dark suits and loitered in parks, too humiliated to tell their families they’d been laid off.
Detective Nathan Butz said the man is seen loitering for awhile between S. 17th and W. National and S. 12th and W. National.
The new regulations specify that cyclists may travel through a park during the darker hours but may not remain in a park or loiter.
Told to meet a man loitering outside baggage claim holding a copy of the Financial Times, Kramer engaged in an exchange of word code.
The walls are one step up from plywood; those who prefer fresh air with their cigarettes can loiter on the wooden porch outside and check out the Santa-theme mural on the clapboard siding.
Alex Rosado, 32, of Quarry Street, Bridgeport, permittee of Mystique Gentleman's Club, was charged with six counts of sale of alcohol to minors and allowing minors to loiter on permit premises.
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Origin and Etymology of loiter
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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