verb[no object, with adverbial of place]
1Stand or wait around without apparent purpose: she saw Mary loitering near the cloakrooms
More example sentences
- My only other complaint was the over-attentive waiters, who always seemed to be loitering somewhere nearby, waiting for something to happen or checking that everything was fine.
- It turns out Risaku's mere hunch became reality and an assassin stood there, loitering in the doorway.
- You're standing here loitering about in a very suspicious manner.
linger, potter, wait, skulk;
loaf, lounge, idle, laze, waste time, kill time, while away time
informal hang around/round
British informal hang about, mooch about/around
archaic or literary tarry
1.1 [with adverbial of direction] Walk slowly and with no apparent purpose; dawdle: the weather had tempted them to loiter along the banks of the Cherwell
- Example sentences
- They look for odd or suspicious behavior: heavy clothes on a hot day, loiterers without luggage, anyone observing security methods.
- Occasionally some loiterers try to bum a cigarette or an argument breaks out.
- One option may be to play classical music at the station in a bid to deter loiterers.
Late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch loteren 'wag about'.
Words that rhyme with loiterexploiter, goitre (US goiter), reconnoitre (US reconnoiter), Reuter
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