What does loiter mean?

Definitions for loiterˈlɔɪ tər

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

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?"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loiter

    loi′tėr, v.i. to delay: to be slow in moving: to linger.—n. Loi′terer.—adv. Loi′teringly. [Dut. leuteren, to trifle; Ger. prov. lottern, to waver.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loiter in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loiter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Winslow Wheeler:

    [The F-16 is] too fast, too delicate and it can’t loiter around enough to provide support.

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Translations for loiter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • lelkovatCzech
  • rumlungern, rumhängenGerman
  • holgazanear, perder el tiempo, merodear, vagarSpanish
  • seisoksia, munia, maleksia, roikkuaFinnish
  • flâner, traînerFrench
  • ácsorog, lézeng, álldogálHungarian
  • slóraIcelandic
  • vagabondare, oziare, attardarsi, aggirarsi, indugiare, gironzolare, sostareItalian
  • moror, sedeoLatin
  • paratinaku, whakatinaku, karioiMāori
  • rondhangenDutch
  • wałęsać się, kręcić sięPolish
  • ошиваться, околачиваться, торчатьRussian

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