- To linger is defined as to stay somewhere or to take a long time to do something.
- An example of linger is the last guest at a party who just won't go home.
- An example of linger is when you take an hour to sip your cup of coffee.
linger definition by Webster's New World
- to continue to stay, esp. through reluctance to leave: lingering at the door
- to continue to live or exist although very close to death or the end
- to be unnecessarily slow in doing something; delay; loiter
Origin: North Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to delay, stay ; from Old English lengan, to lengthen, delay ; from base of lang, long
linger definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb lin·gered, lin·ger·ing, lin·gers verb, intransitive
- To be slow in leaving, especially out of reluctance; tarry. See Synonyms at stay1.
- To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
- To persist: an aftertaste that lingers.
- To proceed slowly; saunter.
- To be tardy in acting; procrastinate.
Origin: Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to prolong, from Old English lengan; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.
- linˈger·er noun
- linˈger·ing·ly adverb