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From linger +‎ -ing.



lingering (plural lingerings)

  1. gerund of linger: an act of loitering or waiting.
    • 2000, David S. Reynolds, A Historical Guide to Walt Whitman (page 73)
      But through this insistent rhythm and rhyme, there are only questions and parenthetical pauses, interruptions and lingerings.
  2. That which lingers; a remnant.
    • 1819 September 13, Geoffrey Crayon [pseudonym; Washington Irving], “The Widow and Her Son”, in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., number III, New York, N.Y.: [] C. S. Van Winkle, [], OCLC 1090970992, page 210:
      The lingerings of decent pride were visible in her appearance. Her dress, though humble in the extreme, was scrupulously clean.
    • 1852 March – 1853 September, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1853, OCLC 999756093:
      Whatever little lingerings may have now and then revived in my mind associated with my poor old face had only revived as belonging to a part of my life that was gone—gone like my infancy or my childhood.




  1. present participle of linger