loiter

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlɔɪtər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈlɔɪtɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(loitər)



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
loi•ter /ˈlɔɪtɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to remain in an area without obvious purpose;
    hang around:two men loitering suspiciously by the entrance to the hotel.
loi•ter•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
loi•ter  (loitər),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place:to loiter around the bus terminal.
  2. to move in a slow, idle manner, making purposeless stops in the course of a trip, journey, errand, etc.:to loiter on the way to work.
  3. to waste time or dawdle over work:He loiters over his homework until one in the morning.

v.t. 
  1. to pass (time) in an idle or aimless manner (usually fol. by away):to loiter away the afternoon in daydreaming.
loiter•er, n. 
loiter•ing•ly, adv. 
  • Middle Dutch loteren to stagger, totter; compare Dutch leuteren to dawdle
  • Middle English loteren, loytren, perh. 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Loiter, dally, dawdle, idle imply moving or acting slowly, stopping for unimportant reasons, and in general wasting time. To
      loiter is to linger aimlessly:to loiter outside a building.To
      dally is to loiter indecisively or to delay as if free from care or responsibility:to dally on the way home.To
      dawdle is to saunter, stopping often, and taking a great deal of time, or to fritter away time working in a halfhearted way:to dawdle over a task.To
      idle is to move slowly and aimlessly, or to spend a great deal of time doing nothing:to idle away the hours.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged –4. loaf.
    • 2, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delay, tarry.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
loiter /ˈlɔɪtə/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to stand or act aimlessly or idly
Etymology: 14th Century: perhaps from Middle Dutch löteren to wobble: perhaps related to Old English lūtian to lurk

ˈloiterer n ˈloitering n , adj
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