loiter

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verb loi·ter \ˈlȯi-tər\

Definition of loiter

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to delay an activity with idle stops and pauses :  dawdle <asked him not to loiter on the way home>

  3. 2a :  to remain in an area for no obvious reason <teenagers loitering in the parking lot>b :  to lag behind <a crowd of people, who loitered to hear the bloodcurdling threats the prisoner shouted — Willa Cather>

loiter

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loiterer

play \ˈlȯi-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of loiter in a sentence

  1. Loitering is prohibited outside the theaters.

  2. <don't loiter in this neighborhood after dark>

Origin and Etymology of loiter

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of loiter

delay, procrastinate, lag, loiter, dawdle, dally mean to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. delay usually implies a putting off (as a beginning or departure) <we cannot delay any longer>. procrastinate implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy <procrastinates about making decisions>. lag implies failure to maintain a speed set by others <lagging behind in technology>. loiter and dawdle imply delay while in progress, especially in walking, but dawdle more clearly suggests an aimless wasting of time <loitered at several store windows> <children dawdling on their way home from school>. dally suggests delay through trifling or vacillation when promptness is necessary <stop dallying and get to work>.

LOITER Defined for English Language Learners

loiter

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verb loi·ter \ˈlȯi-tər\

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

loiter

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verb loi·ter \ˈlȯi-tər\

Definition of loiter for Students

loitered

loitering

  1. 1 :  to hang around somewhere for no good reason <Loitering outside the store is prohibited.>

  2. 2 :  to dawdle on the way to somewhere <Don't loiter on your way home.>

loiterer

noun

Law Dictionary

loiter

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intransitive verb loi·ter \ˈlȯi-tər\

Legal Definition of loiter

  1. :  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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