Lin·ger v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lingered p. pr. & vb. n. Lingering.] To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind. --Gray.
Perhaps thou linger'st, in deep thoughts detained. --Milton.
Syn: -- To loiter; lag; saunter; delay; tarry; stop; hesitate.
Lin·ger, v. t.
1. To protract; to draw out. [Obs.]
She lingers my desires. --Shak.
2. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed.
v 1: remain present although waning or gradually dying; "Her
perfume lingered on"
2: be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the
Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around
the department?" [syn: loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag,
loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry,
lurk, mill about, mill around]
3: leave slowly and hesitantly [syn: tarry]
4: take one's time; proceed slowly [syn: dawdle] [ant: rush]
5: move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"