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Another word for loiter

  1. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered

      1. To allow to drag or stream behind, as along the ground:
      2. To drag (the body, for example) wearily or heavily.
      3. To follow the traces or scent of, as in hunting; track.
      1. To delay or be late in going, coming, or doing something:
      2. To wait or stay temporarily:
      3. To wait for; await.
      1. To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
      2. To postpone or delay needlessly.
      1. To push or jab at, as with a finger or an arm; prod.
      2. To make (a hole or pathway, for example) by or as if by prodding, elbowing, or jabbing:
      3. To push; thrust:
      1. To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance:
      2. To continue or persist:
      3. To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
      1. To fail to keep up a pace; straggle:
      2. To proceed or develop with comparative slowness:
      3. To weaken or slacken; flag:
      1. To pull along with difficulty or effort; haul:
      2. To cause to trail along a surface, especially the ground:
      3. To move (a pointing device, such as a mouse) while pressing down on one of its buttons.
      1. To waste time, especially in indecision; dawdle or vacillate.
      1. To postpone until a later time; defer.
      2. To cause to be later or slower than expected or desired:
      3. To act or move slowly; put off an action or a decision.
      1. To take more time than necessary:
      2. To move aimlessly or lackadaisically:
      3. To waste (time) by idling:
      1. To play amorously; flirt:
      2. To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion; toy.
      3. To dawdle, delay, or linger:
  2. To pass time without working or in avoiding work

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Another word for loiter


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