Friends lingered at the picnic tables, chatting.
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.
Lingering at the door.
To linger over a favorite passage in a novel.
We lingered over the question for an hour.
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