\ ˈlau̇nj How to pronounce lounge (audio) \
lounged; lounging

Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 days— J. A. Froude



Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place for lounging: such as
a : a room in a private home or public building for leisure activities : living room also : lobby
b : a room in a usually public building or vehicle often combining lounging, smoking, and toilet facilities
2 : a long couch

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Synonyms for lounge

Synonyms: Verb

bask, kick back, loll, relax, repose, rest

Synonyms: Noun

chesterfield, couch, davenport, divan, settee, sofa, squab

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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


She was lounging on the sofa. He was lounging by the pool all afternoon.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pictures showed the family frolicking on the beach, swimming in the pool and lounging around their hotel room. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "The Bachelorette's Melissa Rycroft Has 'Major Stomach Issues' After Trip to Dominican Republic," 19 June 2019 In Newport Beach, California, lounging sea lions sank a small yacht. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 There are 14 cabanas equipped with ceiling fans, electrical outlets, lounging chairs, coolers and lockers. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Kids out, beer and wine in during these adult nights at Carmel Waterpark," 7 June 2019 Below, experts give their best tips on how to avoid packing on too many pounds — even when lounging to the max. Stephanie Emma Pfeffer, PEOPLE.com, "Experts Share Their Best Tips on How to Avoid Vacation Weight Gain," 6 June 2019 Some mall doors remained open for a short while after the shooting, and bystanders lounged by the doors inside the mall. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Police swarm Del Amo mall in Torrance after gunman opens fire; 1 person is wounded," 3 June 2019 This epic concept home’s roof is inverted to form a basin, similar to a bathtub, which securely holds plenty of water for swimming (or just lounging on your favorite pool float). Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "This House Has an Inverted Roof That Can Be Used as a Pool," 30 Apr. 2019 Last week, sunbathers lounged on a pool deck high above the bay here, on a block that was devastated by the storm. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018 The show recreated one of the most famous photos of the couple — in fact, one of the most famous photos of the ‘60s: The couple lounging on their Moroccan rooftop. refinery29.com, "How Talitha Pol, The Dutch It-Girl Who Married Paul Getty Jr., Became An Enduring Icon Of The 1960s," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

American Legion Post 194 at 336 E. Main Street in Rising Sun offers music in the lounge area on Friday nights from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. and bingo every Saturday night. Joanne Bierly, baltimoresun.com, "Port Deposit: VFW names Bo Manor's Christy 'Teacher of the Year'," 21 June 2019 The front bedroom is shaded by a mature maple tree, and the back bedroom opens to an original sunroom — a great bonus space for a home office or extra lounge area. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shingled Craftsman in Alameda’s East End," 11 June 2019 Boats can range from about 35 to 56 feet and typically include bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and lounge areas. Jill K. Robinson, SFChronicle.com, "Renting a houseboat on Shasta Lake? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 The food hall contains a lounge area, called the Living Room, and a patio repurposed from a loading dock. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Warehouse District: How West Palm Beach’s newest nightlife village found suds, spirits and ‘soul’," 6 June 2019 The dining room also has a new lounge area, neon signs, backsplash behind the bar and long high-top tables. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Renovated Tempe Public Market Cafe reopening without co-owner and chef Aaron Chamberlin," 6 June 2019 And in the lounge area, the blue and white modernist painting is by Kinuko Imai Hoffman. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: See Where Two Top Designers Bring Their Big Ideas to Life," 3 May 2019 The Room to Book The Duxton Duplex Suite at Six Senses Duxton has a lounge area on the first level and a bedroom and en suite bathroom upstairs. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 The equestrian facilities include stables with nine stalls and a lounge area for riders. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Kiehl’s Heiress Slashes Price of Malibu Compound by $30 Million," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of lounge


1508, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lounge

Verb and Noun

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English Language Learners Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sit or lie in a relaxed way : to spend time resting or relaxing



English Language Learners Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a comfortable room where people can spend time while they are waiting in an airport or other public place
: a comfortable room for relaxing in a public building (such as a hotel or school)
chiefly US : a long chair or couch


\ ˈlau̇nj How to pronounce lounge (audio) \
lounged; lounging

Kids Definition of lounge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to stand, sit, or lie in a relaxed manner Cluny lounged nonchalantly against the tree.— Brian Jacques, Redwall



Kids Definition of lounge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a comfortable room where someone can relax
2 : a room with comfortable furniture for relaxing

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