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loi·ter

 (loi′tər)
intr.v. loi·tered, loi·ter·ing, loi·ters
1.
a. To stand idly about; linger without any purpose.
b. Law To violate a law or ordinance that prohibits persons from remaining in a given location without a clear purpose for an extended period of time, especially when behaving in a manner indicating a possible threat to persons or property in the vicinity.
2. To hover over or remain near an area: Fog loitered over the mountains. A jet loitered in the sky near the airbase.
3. To proceed slowly or with many stops: loitered all the way home.
4. To act slowly or with leisure; take one's time: "The organist loitered over the keys, making sure of his mastery of the coming Sabbath anthem" (O. Henry).

[Middle English loitren, probably from Middle Dutch loteren, to totter, be loose.]

loi′ter·er n.

loiter

(ˈlɔɪtə)
vb
(intr) to stand or act aimlessly or idly
[C14: perhaps from Middle Dutch löteren to wobble: perhaps related to Old English lūtian to lurk]
ˈloiterer n
ˈloitering n, adj

loi•ter

(ˈlɔɪ tər)
v.i.
1. to linger aimlessly or as if aimlessly in or about a place.
2. to move in a slow, idle manner.
3. to waste time or dawdle over work.
v.t.
4. to pass (time) in an idle or aimless manner (usu. fol. by away): to loiter away the afternoon in daydreaming.
[1300–50; Middle English loteren, loytren]
loi′ter•er, n.
loi′ter•ing•ly, adv.
syn: 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 time doing nothing: to idle away the hours.

loiter


Past participle: loitered
Gerund: loitering

Imperative
loiter
loiter
Present
I loiter
you loiter
he/she/it loiters
we loiter
you loiter
they loiter
Preterite
I loitered
you loitered
he/she/it loitered
we loitered
you loitered
they loitered
Present Continuous
I am loitering
you are loitering
he/she/it is loitering
we are loitering
you are loitering
they are loitering
Present Perfect
I have loitered
you have loitered
he/she/it has loitered
we have loitered
you have loitered
they have loitered
Past Continuous
I was loitering
you were loitering
he/she/it was loitering
we were loitering
you were loitering
they were loitering
Past Perfect
I had loitered
you had loitered
he/she/it had loitered
we had loitered
you had loitered
they had loitered
Future
I will loiter
you will loiter
he/she/it will loiter
we will loiter
you will loiter
they will loiter
Future Perfect
I will have loitered
you will have loitered
he/she/it will have loitered
we will have loitered
you will have loitered
they will have loitered
Future Continuous
I will be loitering
you will be loitering
he/she/it will be loitering
we will be loitering
you will be loitering
they will be loitering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been loitering
you have been loitering
he/she/it has been loitering
we have been loitering
you have been loitering
they have been loitering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been loitering
you will have been loitering
he/she/it will have been loitering
we will have been loitering
you will have been loitering
they will have been loitering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been loitering
you had been loitering
he/she/it had been loitering
we had been loitering
you had been loitering
they had been loitering
Conditional
I would loiter
you would loiter
he/she/it would loiter
we would loiter
you would loiter
they would loiter
Past Conditional
I would have loitered
you would have loitered
he/she/it would have loitered
we would have loitered
you would have loitered
they would have loitered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.loiter - be aboutloiter - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim

loiter

verb linger, idle, loaf, saunter, delay, stroll, lag, dally, loll, dawdle, skulk, dilly-dally (informal), hang about or around unemployed young men loitering at the entrance to the factory.

loiter

verb
1. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
2. To pass time without working or in avoiding work:
bum (around), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk.
Slang: diddle, goldbrick, goof (off).
Translations
يَتَوانى، يَتَلَكَّأ
lelkovat
drivehænge
maleksiamuniaroikkuaseisoksia
lézengácsorogálldogál
hanga, sniglast
stoviniuotivalkatauti ir priekabiauti
slaistīties
postopati
aylak aylak gezmekdolanmak

loiter

[ˈlɔɪtəʳ] VI (= idle) → perder el tiempo; (= lag behind) → rezagarse; (= dally) → entretenerse
don't loiter on the way!¡no te entretengas!
to loiter (with intent) (Jur) → merodear con fines sospechosos or delictivos
loiter away VT + ADV to loiter away the timeperder el tiempo

loiter

[ˈlɔɪtər] vis'attarder
loiter about
virôder alentour

loiter

vi
(= waste time)trödeln, bummeln
(= hang around suspiciously)sich herumtreiben, herumlungern; “no loitering”unberechtigter Aufenthalt verboten; to loiter with intentsich verdächtig machen, sich auffällig verhalten

loiter

[ˈlɔɪtəʳ] vi (idle) → bighellonare; (lag behind) → attardarsi, fermarsi (ad ogni passo)
to loiter (about) → indugiare, bighellonare
to loiter (with intent) (Law) → aggirarsi (con intenzioni sospette)

loiter

(ˈloitə) verb
to proceed, work etc slowly or to stand doing nothing in particular. They were loitering outside the ship.
loitering noun
They were arrested for loitering (= moving around or waiting suspiciously in a public place); No loitering!
References in classic literature ?
The group loitered away, still re- calling memories of the lost heroes, in awed voices.
Gilbert walked airily off with Ruby Gillis, and Anne could hear them laughing and talking gaily as they loitered along in the still, crisp autumn air.
They loitered through it in a pleasant chummy silence, neither caring to talk.
As I once more got under way, my thoughts slowly loitered back to the theme which had been occupying them before I dropped asleep.
She loitered near the doors of saloons and watched men emerge from them.
The harvest of the first year of our possession had long been passed, and the fading foliage of a few scattered trees was already beginning to exhibit the hues and tints of autumn, when a train of wagons issued from the bed of a dry rivulet, to pursue its course across the undulating surface, of what, in the language of the country of which we write, is called a "rolling prairie." The vehicles, loaded with household goods and implements of husbandry, the few straggling sheep and cattle that were herded in the rear, and the rugged appearance and careless mien of the sturdy men who loitered at the sides of the lingering teams, united to announce a band of emigrants seeking for the Elderado of the West.
If I loitered on the playground after school, or went to the post-office for the mail and lingered to hear the gossip about the cigar-stand, it would be growing dark by the time I came home.
Finally it was all over, and it seemed to Rebecca as if she should never be cool and calm again, as she loitered on the homeward path.
Vagrant Indians, of various tribes, loitered about the streets.
I loitered about awhile, and then, for want of something better to do, fell to carving a railing with my knife.
It was a weak fancy perhaps, the childish fancy of a young and lonely creature; but night after night, and still the sisters loitered in the same place, and still the child followed with a mild and softened heart.
One of the beggars at the ATM station, who gave her name as Zainab Abass, told Saturday Tribune that she usually comes there to beg for money in the evening, 'Because beggars are usually not allowed to loiter around the ATM point and near the bank in the morning and afternoon.