What does linger mean?

Definitions for linger
ˈlɪŋ gərlinger

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word linger.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. linger(verb)

    remain present although waning or gradually dying

    "Her perfume lingered on"

  2. 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?"

  3. tarry, linger(verb)

    leave slowly and hesitantly

  4. linger, dawdle(verb)

    take one's time; proceed slowly

  5. hover, linger(verb)

    move to and fro

    "The shy student lingered in the corner"

Wiktionary

  1. linger(Verb)

    To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.

    Etymology: leng "to lengthen, delay" (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan, probably of Indo-European origin (cognates include persian لنگ)

  2. linger(Verb)

    To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.

    Etymology: leng "to lengthen, delay" (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan, probably of Indo-European origin (cognates include persian لنگ)

  3. linger(Verb)

    To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytical thinking or discussion.

    Etymology: leng "to lengthen, delay" (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan, probably of Indo-European origin (cognates include persian لنگ)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Linger(adj)

    to delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate

  2. Linger(verb)

    to protract; to draw out

  3. Linger(verb)

    to spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed

Freebase

  1. Linger

    "Linger" is a song composed by Irish musicians Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan of the rock band The Cranberries, released in 1993. The song, which has an acoustic arrangement featuring a string section, became the band's first major hit, peaking at #3 in the Republic of Ireland, #8 in the United States and #14 in the UK. In the documentary '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll, O'Riordan says that the song is about her first serious kiss. "Linger" was listed as #86 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Linger

    ling′gėr, v.i. to remain long in any state: to loiter.—v.t. (Shak.) to prolong, protract: (with out) to pass in a tedious manner.—n. Ling′erer.—adj. Ling′ering, protracted.—n. a remaining long.—advs. Ling′eringly; Ling′erly (rare). [A.S. lengan, to protract—lang, long.]

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How to say linger in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of linger in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of linger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of linger in a Sentence

  1. Mark Lowcock:

    From a financial standpoint, the cheapest strategy is to invest at this point... rather than let the outbreak linger and invest at a later point.

  2. Jonathan Ball:

    We know Ebola can linger for many months after visible symptoms have cleared ... But this is frankly staggering.

  3. Francesca Knittel Bowyer:

    Mummy had the fragility of an orchid, the energy of a hummingbird, the tenacity of a hunter. She could change calm waters into a raging storm with a look and the lift of a finger, my heart is a hole without her, but that hole will definitely be filled with incredible memories, sweet, salty and funny. I want her memory to linger with those who knew her and be given to those who did not.

  4. Craig Smith:

    Starting out, you need a passion for the outdoors, shooting animals is all about having enough time to linger for an extended amount of time waiting for the right shot.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    Action and malice that contradicts the conscience will result in irreparable damage and pain that could linger for years.

Images & Illustrations of linger

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