verb[no object, with adverbial of place]
- 1Stand or wait around without apparent purpose: she saw Mary loitering near the cloakroomsMore 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.
- 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
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- 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'.