remain present although waning or gradually dying
"Her perfume lingered on"
loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around(verb)
"The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
leave slowly and hesitantly
take one's time; proceed slowly
move to and fro
"The shy student lingered in the corner"
To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.
To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.
To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytical thinking or discussion.
Origin: leng "to lengthen, delay" (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan, probably of Indo-European origin (cognates include persian لنگ)
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
to protract; to draw out
to spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed
"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
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.]
The numerical value of linger in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of linger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of linger in a Sentence
The pain will linger, i don't know that you ever get over it.
The issue today will be capital for a bank where concerns linger.
Then I lay there and pray for sinners like you, Sheinelle, i pray. I strategize. I think. I linger.
She’s used to awkward meetings, she’s handled them quite well. You don’t linger over the personal.
To linger in the observation of things other than the self implies a profound conviction of their worth.
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- romandre, perviure, rumiarCatalan, Valencian
- verweilen, bleiben, herumlungern, verzögern, Zeit brauchenGerman
- pervivir, demorar, permanecerSpanish
- riutua, tuumiskella, viipyä, viivytellä, viipyilläFinnish
- stagner, s'attarderFrench
- दीर्घ काल तक रहनाHindi
- protrarsi, indugiare, restare vivo, sostare, sopravvivere, trattenersi, tirare avanti, attardarsiItalian
- aanslepen, weifelen, treuzelenDutch
- permanecer, ficarPortuguese
- lenevi, sta, rămâneRomanian
- bestå, leva kvar, släntra, dröja kvar, söla, fortlevaSwedish
- durmak, oyalanmakTurkish
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