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lounged; lounging

intransitive verb

: to act or move idly or lazily : loaf
was lounging on the sofa

transitive verb

: to pass (time) idly
returned to Rome to lounge away the remainder of his daysJ. A. Froude


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: a place for lounging: such as
: a room in a private home or public building for leisure activities : living room
also : lobby
: a room in a usually public building or vehicle often combining lounging, smoking, and toilet facilities
: a long couch
Choose the Right Synonym for lounge

idle, loaf, lounge, loll, laze mean to spend time doing nothing.

idle may be used in reference to persons that move lazily or without purpose.

idled the day away

loaf suggests either resting or wandering about as though there were nothing to do.

she does her work and then loafs the rest of the day

lounge, though occasionally used as equal to idle or loaf, typically conveys an additional implication of resting or reclining against a support or of physical comfort and ease in relaxation.

he lounged against the wall

loll also carries an implication of a posture similar to that of lounge, but places greater stress upon an indolent or relaxed attitude.

lolling on the couch

laze usually implies the relaxation of a busy person enjoying a vacation or moments of leisure.

lazed about between appointments

Examples of lounge in a Sentence

Verb She was lounging on the sofa. He was lounging by the pool all afternoon. Noun The hotel has a television lounge. We gathered in the hotel lounge for a couple of drinks. She sat on the lounge. They had a long, leisurely lounge by the pool.
Recent Examples on the Web
The chair's gentle slope design makes lounging on it even more comfortable. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 Now, folks of all ages and groups of locals come to unwind and lounge under quirky artwork depicting all types of women or spend weekends at drag shows and dance parties. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Condé Nast Traveler, 31 May 2024
Instead of yoga pants and a T-shirt, a two-piece lounge set keeps the comfy vacation vibe going strong without looking too sloppy. Kristine Hansen, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2024 There will be several eight-foot, double-decker iron chandeliers with hop design above the lounge area, plus barrel stave double-tiered iron and copper bottomed installed upstairs. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for lounge 

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Word History


Verb and Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use


1508, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lounge was in 1508

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Cite this Entry

“Lounge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lounge. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
lounged; lounging
: to move or act in a lazy, slow, or tired way : loaf
: to stand, sit, or lie in a lazy relaxed manner
lounger noun


2 of 2 noun
: a room with comfortable furniture for lounging
: a room in a public building or vehicle furnished for lounging and often with toilets and smoking facilities
: a long couch

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