AskDefine | Define loiter

Dictionary Definition

loiter v : be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?" [syn: lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around]

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From loteren (compare Dutch leuteren).



  1. To stand about without any aim or purpose; to stand about idly; to linger; to hang around.
    For some reason, they discourage loitering outside the store, but encourage it inside.


to stand about idly

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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