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To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance:
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  1. To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance:
  2. To pause or dwell (over or on something) in contemplation, deliberation, enjoyment, etc.
  3. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion:
To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
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  1. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
  2. To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
  3. (Intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically.
To flirt; play at love
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  1. To flirt; play at love
  2. To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy.
  3. To spend (time) idly:
To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
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  1. To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
  2. To move slowly or without purpose:
  3. To pass (time) without doing anything:
To move or develop more slowly than expected, desired, etc.; be retarded in motion, development, etc.
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  1. To move or develop more slowly than expected, desired, etc.; be retarded in motion, development, etc.
  2. (Billiards) To strike the cue ball so that it rebounds from the far rail to stop as close as possible to the near rail or the string line: done to decide the order of play
  3. To fall, move, or stay behind; loiter; linger
To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll.
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  1. To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll.
To go from place to place; wander
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  1. To go from place to place; wander
  2. To walk in an idle, leisurely manner; saunter
  3. To go somewhere with ease.
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
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  1. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
  2. To put off to a future time; postpone
  3. To stop for a while; linger
To move (things, for example) from one place or position to another; transfer or shift:
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  1. To move (things, for example) from one place or position to another; transfer or shift:
  2. To get (into or out of a situation or condition) by trickery, evasion, lies, etc.
  3. To move with short sliding steps, without or barely lifting the feet:
To allow time to elapse in an unproductive manner.
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  1. To allow time to elapse in an unproductive manner.
To dawdle or fritter (something) away
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  1. To dawdle or fritter (something) away
  2. To walk or move in an unhurried or casual manner.
  3. To spend (time) doing minor or unimportant activities:
To postpone or delay needlessly.
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  1. To postpone or delay needlessly.
  2. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
  3. To put off doing (something unpleasant or burdensome) until a future time; esp., to postpone (such actions) habitually
To walk or tramp over or about:
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  1. To walk or tramp over or about:
  2. To walk or tramp about; gad:
  3. (Intransitive, colloquial) To walk about, especially when expending much effort, or unnecessary effort.
To walk in a lazy or clumsy manner, barely lifting the feet; shuffle
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  1. To walk in a lazy or clumsy manner, barely lifting the feet; shuffle
  2. To walk while shuffling or dragging the feet.
(Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
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  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
  2. (Intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
  3. To spend time idly; loiter or lounge about; idle, dawdle, etc.
To spend by lounging
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  1. To spend by lounging
  2. To stand, move, sit, lie, etc. in a relaxed or lazy way; loll
  3. To pass (time) in a lazy, relaxed, or idle way:
To delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
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  1. To delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
  2. To stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
  3. To wait for; await.
To hang or droop laxly:
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  1. To hang or droop laxly:
  2. To hang in a relaxed manner; droop
  3. To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.
To remain or be in readiness:
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  1. To remain or be in readiness:
  2. To remain temporarily neglected, unattended to, or postponed:
  3. To be a waiter or waitress at:
To linger or wait close by, esp. in an overprotective, insistent, or anxious way
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  1. To linger or wait close by, esp. in an overprotective, insistent, or anxious way
  2. To stay suspended or flutter in the air near one place
  3. (Computers) To position a pointer over an object or area of the screen, causing a pop-up box to appear or other change to occur:
To cause to be temporarily inactive; briefly stop the action of (an electronic device, audio or video stream, etc.)
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  1. To cause to be temporarily inactive; briefly stop the action of (an electronic device, audio or video stream, etc.)
  2. To cease or suspend an action temporarily:
  3. To cease or suspend the action of temporarily; stop for an interim:
Alternative spelling of dilly-dally.
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  1. Alternative spelling of dilly-dally.
  2. To waste time in hesitation or vacillation; loiter or dawdle
(Informal) To wait; to falter; to avoid proceeding through reluctance.
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  1. (Informal) To wait; to falter; to avoid proceeding through reluctance.
  1. To procrastinate.
  2. To be unable to come to a decision; vacillate.
  3. To spend time on insignificant things; dawdle.
To walk slowly or leisurely; stroll.
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  1. To walk slowly or leisurely; stroll.
  2. To move along at an easy gait by using both legs on one side alternately with both on the other. Used of a horse.
  3. To go easily and unhurriedly; walk in a leisurely manner
To become less tense; loosen, as rope
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  1. To become less tense; loosen, as rope
  2. (Intransitive) To gradually decrease in intensity or tautness; to become slack.
  3. To make or become less tense, taut, or firm; loosen:
To become gradually fainter; dwindle:
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  1. To become gradually fainter; dwindle:
  2. To drag or let drag behind one, esp. on the ground, etc.
  3. To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
To be prolonged tediously; move or pass too slowly
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  1. To be prolonged tediously; move or pass too slowly
  2. To take or escort (a person, for example), especially in overcoming resistance or reluctance:
  3. To draw (something) out over a period of time; protract tediously or painfully
To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness.
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  1. To let droop; to suffer to fall, or let fall, into feebleness.
  2. To hang loose without stiffness; to bend down, as flexible bodies; to be loose, yielding, limp.
  3. To signal with or as with a flag; esp., to signal (the driver of a vehicle) to stop
To move about aimlessly:
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  1. To move about aimlessly:
  2. To follow an irregularly winding course of motion or growth:
  3. To talk or write aimlessly, without connection of ideas
(Idiomatic) to stay, linger or loiter
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  1. (Idiomatic) to stay, linger or loiter
  2. (Idiomatic) to spend time or be friends (especially to hang around with someone)
(Intransitive, idiomatic, slang) To spend time doing nothing in particular.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic, slang) To spend time doing nothing in particular.
(Idiomatic) To be idle; to fail to make progress.
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To flirt; play at love
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  1. To flirt; play at love
  2. To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy.
  3. To spend (time) idly:
To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
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  1. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
  2. To spend (time) without haste or purpose.
  3. (Intransitive) To move or walk lackadaisically.
To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
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  1. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
  2. To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
  3. To put off to a future time; postpone
Alternative spelling of dilly-dally.
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  1. Alternative spelling of dilly-dally.
  2. To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
To cause to be involved in an unpleasant or difficult situation:
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  1. To cause to be involved in an unpleasant or difficult situation:
  2. To bring (a subject) into conversation, a piece of writing, etc. unnecessarily or as if by force
  3. To be prolonged tediously; move or pass too slowly
(Billiards) To strike the cue ball so that it rebounds from the far rail to stop as close as possible to the near rail or the string line: done to decide the order of play
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  1. (Billiards) To strike the cue ball so that it rebounds from the far rail to stop as close as possible to the near rail or the string line: done to decide the order of play
  2. To fall, move, or stay behind; loiter; linger
  3. To move or develop more slowly than expected, desired, etc.; be retarded in motion, development, etc.
To proceed slowly; saunter:
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  1. To proceed slowly; saunter:
  2. To continue to live or exist although very close to death or the end
  3. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion:
To thrust forward; appear:
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  1. To thrust forward; appear:
  2. To push or jab with a stick, finger, etc.; prod
  3. To live or move slowly or lazily; loiter; putter; dawdle
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
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  1. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
  2. To put off doing (something unpleasant or burdensome) until a future time; esp., to postpone (such actions) habitually
  3. To postpone or delay needlessly.
To wait for; await.
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  1. To wait for; await.
  2. To stay for a time, esp. longer than originally intended; remain temporarily
  3. To delay, linger, be tardy, etc.
To follow the course taken by; pursue:
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  1. To follow the course taken by; pursue:
  2. To become gradually fainter; dwindle:
  3. To move, walk, go along, etc. wearily, heavily, or slowly; crawl; drag
To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
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  1. To live by begging and scavenging from place to place. Often used with around.
  2. To live as a bum or vagrant
  3. To pass time idly; loaf. Often used with around.
To pass (time) without doing anything:
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  1. To pass (time) without doing anything:
  2. To move slowly or without purpose:
  3. To move slowly or aimlessly; loaf
To pass time relaxing.
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  1. To pass time relaxing.
  2. To be idle; loaf:
  3. To be lazy or idle; loaf
To pass time at leisure; idle.
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  1. To pass time at leisure; idle.
  2. (Intransitive) To do nothing, to be idle.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang) To headbutt, (from loaf of bread)
To spend by lounging
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  1. To spend by lounging
  2. To pass (time) in a lazy, relaxed, or idle way:
  3. To move or act in a lazy, relaxed way; loll:
To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
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  1. To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
  2. To neglect or evade doing (something that should be done)
  3. To neglect or evade work, duty, etc.
(Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
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  1. (Vulgar Slang) To have intercourse with (a woman).
  2. (Informal) To move back and forth in a jerky or rapid manner; jiggle
  3. (Slang) To waste time:
To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
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  1. To shirk one's assigned duties or responsibilities.
  2. (US slang, dated) To shirk or malinger
  3. (Mil. Slang) To shirk a duty or avoid work; loaf
To make a silly mistake; blunder:
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  1. To make a silly mistake; blunder:
  2. To spoil, as through clumsiness; bungle. Usually used with up:
  3. To waste or kill time:

Synonym Study

  • Idle suggests habitual avoidance of work, or inactivity, indolence, etc. to idle away the hours
  • Dally suggests spending time in trifling or frivolous pursuits or in indecision
  • Dawdle implies a wasting of time over trifles or a frittering away of time that makes for slow progress to dawdle over a cup of tea
  • Loiter implies aimlessness or slowness of movement and may suggest a wasting of time in lingering or lagging to loiter around street corners
Find another word for loiter. In this page you can discover 66 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for loiter, like: linger, linger idly, dawdle, dally, idle, lag, saunter, stroll, delay, shuffle and waste-time.