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  • v. Present participle of loiter.
  • n. The action of the verb loiter

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Delaying; idle.
  • Causing delay; inducing idleness.


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  • Meantime I spent all my available time in loitering around newspaper offices and picking up such stray bits of gossip as were offered.

    The Filigree Ball

  • After dinner an hour – which the doctor called a digestive hour – was spent in loitering about and then the studies were resumed.

    The Hidden Hand

  • One day he called the loitering school-boy to his chair; there was an unbroken, and to the de - linquent, an awful silence in the room; every eye was fixed upon him, every ear was attentive; all was solemn expectation in the youthful assembly.

    The life of Richard Cumberland, esq. Embracing a critical examination of his various writings. With an occasional literary inquiry into the age in which he lived, and the contemporaries with whom he flourished

  • For the sake of argument, let's say there is an exemption in the loud noise ordinance that allows the library, or any business, to disregard it if the reason they are blaring their music is to keep undesirable kids from "loitering" -- which isn't illegal in Ohio -- in front of the business.

    Is Tender Mercies Breaking The Law, Too?

  • Now what used to be called "hanging out" - or, by less charitable observers, "loitering" - has a new name: "stooping."

    Tales Out of School

  • The big break you ask about occurred when the people around me began to value what they previously viewed as a kind of loitering, which is so tied up to class, particularly working-class people.

    Identity Theory

  • In a former Parliament he was convicted of what was officially known as loitering in the Lobby.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 22, 1914

  • To Jet the idea of loitering around first one town and then another with no definite plan, unless the simple hope of meeting the man by accident could be called one, was in the highest degree unsatisfactory.

    Messenger No. 48

  • We never knew this: 'There are patches of Soho pavement that have a social significance - the corner of Old Compton Street and Frith Street being one such patch - where you might see groups of men standing there reading papers, smoking and what the police call loitering'.


  • I like the idea of loitering indoors. one of my coworkers came by my desk just yesterday. 'did you know that prostitution is legal in nevada?' she wanted to know. i thought everyone did & said, 'yes, in parts of nevada.' she proceeded to explain that she was watching oprah & oprah had on a woman who is a prostitute in nevada. my coworker was shocked. 'i can't believe she's up there, on camera, on * national television* and she's not behind a curtain & what if her mother sees her? she's going to be in big trouble! she could get arrested!' then she thought she heard oprah say something about prostitution being legal in nevada! but ... that couldn't be right, could it? so she picked up the phone

    Original Signal - Transmitting Buzz


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