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Definitions of linger

  1. take one's time; proceed slowly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. remain present although waning or gradually dying; "Her perfume lingered on" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. leave slowly and hesitantly Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To protract; to draw out. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; - with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To delay; loiter; remain long in any state. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To remain long in any state: to loiter: to hesitate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. To remain long; to delay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To protract; drag; be long about going or coming; lag. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To protract; to prolong wearisomely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To delay; to remain long; to hesitate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. To delay; to loiter; to be slow in action or decision; to be protracted. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed. dictgcide_fs
  18. ling'g[.e]r, v.i. to remain long in any state: to loiter.--v.t. (Shak.) to prolong, protract: (with out) to pass in a tedious manner.--n. LING'ERER.--adj. LING'ERING, protracted.--n. a remaining long.--advs. LING'ERINGLY; LING'ERLY (rare). [A.S. lengan, to protract--lang, long.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Put off departure esp. from reluctance to go; stay about, not depart or arrive at expected or right time; dally round place or over or (up)on subject; drag on a feeble existence (of invalids& moribund customs); be protracted (lingering disease, agonies); be tardy, delay; throw (time) away in delays. Hence lingerer n., lingeringly adv. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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