loiter

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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), Swiss German lottern (to wobble), German Lotterbube (rascal). More at lout, little.

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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; to linger; to hang around.
    For some reason, they discourage loitering outside the store, but encourage it inside.

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