AskDefine | Define linger

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1 remain present although waning or gradually dying; "Her perfume lingered on"
2 be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?" [syn: loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, lurk, mill about, mill around]
3 leave slowly and hesitantly [syn: tarry]
4 take one's time; proceed slowly [syn: dawdle] [ant: rush]
5 move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner" [syn: hover]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To stay or remain.
    I like to linger in my garden after I have finished working there.


to stay or remain

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abide, amble, await, bide, bide the issue, carry on, cease not, continue, crawl, creep, dally, dawdle, delay, diddle, dillydally, dither, doodle, drag, drag along, drag on, drift, dwell on, elaborate, endure, fall behind, falter, flag, get behind, go along, go on, goof off, halt, hang about, hang around, hang back, hang on, harp on, hold everything, hold on, hold steady, hold your horses, idle, jog on, keep going, keep on, labor, lag, linger behind, linger on, loiter, lollygag, mark time, mope, mosey, muck, never cease, pause, persevere, persist, piddle, poke, procrastinate, put off, remain, run on, shilly-shally, sit tight, sit up, slog on, stagger on, stay, stay on, stay up, stick around, straggle, stroll, survive, take time, tarry, temporize, trail, trail behind, wait, wait a minute, wait and see, waste time, wear on
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