from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To stand idly about; linger aimlessly.
- intransitive v. To proceed slowly or with many stops: loitered all the way home.
- intransitive v. To delay or dawdle: loiter over a task.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stand about without any aim or purpose; to stand about idly; to linger; to hang around.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.
- intransitive v. To wander as an idle vagrant.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be about
Middle English loitren, probably from Middle Dutch loteren, to totter, be loose.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)