loiter

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English loitren, from Middle Dutch loteren (to shake, wag, wobble), ultimately connected with a frequentative form of Proto-Germanic *lūtaną (to bend, stoop, cower, shrink from, decline), see lout. Cognate with Modern Dutch leuteren (to dawdle), Alemannic German lottern (to wobble), German Lotterbube (rascal). More at lout, little.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɔɪtə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɔɪtɚ/, [ˈlɔjɾɚ]
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  • Rhymes: -ɔɪtə(r)

Verb[edit]

loiter (third-person singular simple present loiters, present participle loitering, simple past and past participle loitered)

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

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