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Meaning of LINGER

Pronunciation:  'linggur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"
  2. [v]  leave slowly and hesitantly
  3. [v]  take one's time; proceed slowly
  4. [v]  be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
  5. [v]  remain present although waning or gradually dying; "Her perfume lingered on"

LINGER is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: dawdle, footle, hang around, hover, lallygag, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry, tarry
 Antonyms: belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed
 See Also: be, dwell on, go away, go forth, hesitate, leave, linger over, lurch, move, persist, prowl, remain, stay, waffle, waver



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lin"ger\ (l[i^][ng]"g[~e]r), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
    {Lingered} (-g[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lingering}.] [OE.
    lengen to tarry, AS. lengan to prolong, put off, fr. lang
    long. [root]125. See {Long}, a.]
    To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or
    reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be
    in suspense; to hesitate.
          Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind. --Gray.
          Perhaps thou linger'st, in deep thoughts detained.
    Syn: To loiter; lag; saunter; delay; tarry; stop; hesitate.
  2. \Lin"ger\, v. t.
    1. To protract; to draw out. [Obs.]
             She lingers my desires.               --Shak.
    2. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as,
       to linger out one's days on a sick bed. --Dryden.
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