Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of lungi.
  • n. A lingerer; a dull, drowsy fellow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lingerer; a dull, drowsy fellow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long, awkward fellow; a dull, drowsy man.

Etymologies

Old French longis. See lounge. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Members of a mostly male class whose profession and livelihood centers on washing clothes, they created a rainbow of drying saris and lungis (garments similar to sarongs) that stood out against the summer's low, muddy river and its parched bank.

    Following the Line: Photographing laundry around the world

  • The white of the lungis and the cream of the mundus, was I trying to bring that into my setting unconsciously?

    Pal Payasa

  • In other places, men gripped their lungis in waist-deep water.

    Waterworld

  • I went through towns that had a formal reality as names on a map, but were little more than rashes of rusted-corrugated-iron and bamboo stalls under canopies of jackfruit trees, teeming with men wearing skirt-like lungis and baseball caps and women in burkas that concealed all but their eyes and noses.

    Waterworld

  • Also the lungis, uniforms for our boatmen and rickshawalas, had not been sewn yet.

    Kristin Boekhoff: Ecopreneur: Never Let Them See You Sweat

  • Children's warm clothes, new (not secondhand) lungis and dhotis for men. sturdy saris in wearable condition, rice and dal are welcome.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Here they could attempt to blend in with the Bengalis with their colorful lungis and white skull-caps.

    Derek Flood: From South to South: Refugees as Migrants: The Rohingya in Pakistan

  • At 3:00 in the afternoon, the police post was inhabited by constables trying to catch forty winks, dressed only in lungis and vests.

    State of War

  • LOL u knowz kitteh is yellinz at top of himz lungis and all dat komz owt is meew!

    halp! - Lolcats 'n' Funny Pictures of Cats - I Can Has Cheezburger?

  • The intransitive very inactive verb is from the 15th-century Scottish dialect noun lungis, meaning “laggard, lingerer,” rooted in the Latin Longinus, the apocryphal name of the soldier who lanced Jesus in the side, and was influenced by longus, “long,” associated with “slow.”

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

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