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Definition of "loiter" []

  • To stand idly about; linger aimlessly. (verb-intransitive)
  • To proceed slowly or with many stops: loitered all the way home. (verb-intransitive)
  • To delay or dawdle: loiter over a task. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "loiter" in a sentence
  • "If the Chamber or other lobbying groups send any staff to international summits like the upcoming Copenhagen conference, their goal is to "loiter" in the coffee shops and collect business cards from delegates they can target later on legislative matters back home."
  • "Except to the coffee shops in Copenhagen to "loiter," of course."
  • "An even more advanced Tactical Tomahawk coming in two years will be able to change course in midflight and even "loiter" over targets, doing lazy figure-eights in the sky, while it waits for exact coordinates."