Fog loitered over the mountains. A jet loitered in the sky near the airbase.
Loitered away the day.
When you hang out at a store without any intent to buy anything, this is an example of a situation where you loiter.
Loitered all the way home.
Origin of loiter
- Middle English loitren probably from Middle Dutch loteren to totter, be loose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English loitren, from Middle Dutch loteren (“to shake, wag, wobble"), ultimately connected with a frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *lÅ«tanÄ… (“to bend, stoop, cower, shrink from, decline"), see lout. Cognate with Modern Dutch leuteren (“to dawdle"), Swiss German lottern (“to wobble"), German Lotterbube (“rascal"). More at lout, little.