Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a loitering manner; as a loiterer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a loitering manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In a loitering manner.

Etymologies

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loitering +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Fitzpiers always walked loiteringly, pensively, looking with a sharp eye into the gardens one after another as he proceeded; for Fitzpiers did not wish to leave the now absorbing spot too quickly, after travelling so far to reach it; hoping always for a glimpse of her whom he passionately desired to take to his arms anew.

    The Woodlanders

  • Mrs. Galland came down the path from the veranda loiteringly, pausing to look at the flowers and again at the sweep of hills and plain.

    The Last Shot

  • It was a night for a man to walk alone and dream of his love, which was perhaps why Jeffrey Miller came so loiteringly across the springy hill pasture, with his hands full of the mayflowers.

    Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906

  • And a steamer leaves several times a day to take you there, gently and loiteringly, in the Venetian manner, in two hours, with pauses at odd little places _en route_.

    A Wanderer in Venice

  • By the time Kitty and Billy returned loiteringly from church Mr. Fenelby had progressed pretty well through four of the sixteen sections of the Sunday paper, and Mr.. Fenelby had Bobberts washed and dressed and was in the kitchen preparing dinner, which on Sunday was supposed to be at noon, but which, this Sunday, threatened to be about two o'clock.

    The Cheerful Smugglers

  • Fitzpiers always walked loiteringly, pensively, looking with a sharp eye into the gardens one after another as he proceeded; for Fitzpiers did not wish to leave the now absorbing spot too quickly, after travelling so far to reach it; hoping always for a glimpse of her whom he passionately desired to take to his arms anew.

    The Woodlanders

  • Where the fields go wild and grow into brakes, and the soil becomes fenny, on the north-western edge of Grande Pointe, a dark, slender thread of a bayou moves loiteringly north-eastward into a swamp of huge cypresses.

    Bonaventure A Prose Pastoral of Acadian Louisiana

  • "Is fond of his friends," continued the Professor, "and the heartier they are the better; might even be convivially inclined -- if so tempted -- but prudent -- in a degree," loiteringly concluded the speaker, as though unable to find the exact bump with which to bolster up the last named attribute.

    The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley, Volume 10

  • At noon, in the brilliant sunshine, as I came loiteringly down the long slope from Doles Wood to the village, he overtook me.

    Afoot in England

  • She came at last, loiteringly with Father Pierre and Albert Verheyden.

    Rob of the bowl : a legend of St. Inigoe's,

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