Linger meaning

lĭnggər
To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance.

Friends lingered at the picnic tables, chatting.

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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.

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To continue to stay, esp. from a reluctance to leave.

Lingering at the door.

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To pause or dwell (over or on something) in contemplation, deliberation, enjoyment, etc.

To linger over a favorite passage in a novel.

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To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion.

We lingered over the question for an hour.

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(intransitive) To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.
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(intransitive, often followed by on) To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytical thinking or discussion.
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To proceed slowly; saunter.
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To continue to live or exist although very close to death or the end.
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To be unnecessarily slow in doing something; delay; loiter.
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To spend (a period of time) idly, slowly, etc.
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To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
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(intransitive) To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.
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Origin of linger

  • Middle English lengeren frequentative of lengen to prolong from Old English lengan del-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lenger, lengeren, frequentative of lengen, from Old English lengan, from Proto-Germanic *langijanÄ… (compare Dutch lengen), probably related to the root of long.

    From Wiktionary