American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stand idly about; linger aimlessly.
- v. To proceed slowly or with many stops: loitered all the way home.
- v. To delay or dawdle: loiter over a task.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To linger; be unduly slow in moving; delay; be dilatory; spend time idly.
- Synonyms To lag, tarry, saunter, dilly-dally.
- To consume or waste, as time, idly or carelessly: used with away: as, he loitered away most of his leisure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.
- v. obsolete To wander as an idle vagrant.
- v. be about
- From Middle English loitren, from Middle Dutch loteren ("to shake, wag, wobble"), ultimately connected with a frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *lūtanan (“to bend, stoop, cower, shrink from, decline”), see lout. Cognate with Modern Dutch leuteren ("to dawdle"), Swiss German lottern ("to wobble"), German Lotterbube ("rascal"). More at lout, little. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English loitren, probably from Middle Dutch loteren, to totter, be loose. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the Chamber or other lobbying groups send any staff to international summits like the upcoming Copenhagen conference, their goal is to "loiter" in the coffee shops and collect business cards from delegates they can target later on legislative matters back home.”
“Except to the coffee shops in Copenhagen to "loiter," of course.”
“An even more advanced Tactical Tomahawk coming in two years will be able to change course in midflight and even "loiter" over targets, doing lazy figure-eights in the sky, while it waits for exact coordinates.”
“He never mislaid the books, forgot, fumbled, or made a "loiter," _morantia_, as they called it, when the office halted or was unpunctual.”
“He might be compared to a wild beast, who dareth not to meddle with the traveller who goeth straightway on his errand, but lieth in wait for such as loiter and fall asleep by the wayside.”
“I have to go to each robot to hand enter ID for cigarettes and alcohol, so I don't have a lot of time to "loiter" at the cashier station anyway.”
“The drones can stay aloft for hours and hours, allowing them to "loiter" in the skies until they’re needed, he said "So with a few of them, you could get round-the-clock coverage.”
“For the most part, Jeremy did nothing but loiter on his front lawn, shirtless, and flaunt his tattoos.”
“Would an electric company not allowing non-employees to loiter around on its property be by the same principle an issue of private property?”
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