Definitions for loiterˈlɔɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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.

  4. (v.t.)to pass (time) in an idle or aimless manner (usu. fol. by away):

    to loiter away the afternoon in daydreaming.

* 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.

Origin of loiter:

1300–50; ME loteren, loytren

loi′ter•ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around(verb)

    be about

    "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"

Wiktionary

  1. loiter(Verb)

    To stand about without any aim or purpose; to stand about idly; to linger; to hang around.

    For some reason, they discourage loitering outside the store, but encourage it inside.

  2. Origin: From loteren (compare Dutch leuteren). Cognate with Swiss German lottern, German Lotterbube.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loiter(verb)

    to be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind

  2. Loiter(verb)

    to wander as an idle vagrant

Freebase

  1. Loiter

    In aeronautics and aviation, loiter is a phase of flight. The phase consists of cruising for a certain amount of time over a small region. The loiter phase occurs, for general aviation, generally at the end of the flight plan, normally when the plane is waiting for clearance to land. However, some aircraft used for special purposes, like aerial reconnaissance or ground-attack aircraft, may have a loiter phase in mid-flight. In astronautics, the loiter phase of spacecraft used for human spaceflight may be as long as six months, as is the case for Soyuz spacecraft which remain docked while expedition crewmembers reside aboard the International Space Station.


Translations for loiter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

loiter(verb)

to proceed, work etc slowly or to stand doing nothing in particular

They were loitering outside the ship.

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