- 1Stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave: she lingered in the yard, enjoying the warm sunshine she let her eyes linger on him suggestivelyMore example sentences
- It's best if you can stay and linger in this World Heritage Area.
- We never have a scene linger beyond what is necessary to get the point across.
- As one magical day follows another, the sun seems to linger longer over the yard arm.
- 1.1 (linger over) Spend a long time over (something): she lingered over her mealMore example sentences
- Saturday morning is spent lingering over a massive three course breakfast (those tropical fruits make a fine salad, with just a dash of Cointreau to top up our levels).
- Perhaps you know the pub which does the most incredible Sunday lunches and whose staff won't mind if you spend all afternoon lingering over a roast and the papers.
- The evenings were spent lingering over fine wines and cognacs while gymnastic students modelled the latest in Brazilian swimwear.
- 1.2Be slow to disappear or die: the tradition seems to linger on we are thankful that she didn’t linger on and sufferMore example sentences
- Many bad habits will linger on and many good ones may disappear but at least the pattern will change a bit.
- The odour does linger on the breath; it even comes through the pores of the skin but, if we all ate garlic, it wouldn't matter.
- We see these types of trials linger on for years as a method to win the case.
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- He said officers should ‘crack down on lingerers’ and was told the council is trying to prevent staff taking a half day sick after weekends and bank holidays without being ill.
- ‘Please evacuate this facility, the president wishes to use it,’ they would have ordered any lingerers, hardly giving them time to zip up their flies.
- The best bars attract a diverse clientele, and the Local pulls in post-work lingerers, students, canoodling couples and pre-clubbers in equal measure.
Middle English (in the sense 'dwell, abide'): frequentative of obsolete leng 'prolong', of Germanic origin; related to German längen 'make long(er)', also to long1.