Definition of loiter
- asked him not to loiter on the way home
- teenagers loitering in the parking lot
- a crowd of people, who loitered to hear the bloodcurdling threats the prisoner shouted
- —Willa Cather
Loitering is prohibited outside the theaters.
don't loiter in this neighborhood after dark
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to remain in an area when you do not have a particular reason to be there
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