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1. loiter

verb. ['ˈlɔɪtɝ'] be about.

Synonyms

  • be
  • lurk
  • mess about
  • lounge
  • lollygag
  • loaf
  • prowl
  • footle
  • lallygag
  • tarry
  • hang around
  • mill around
  • lurch
  • mill about

Antonyms

  • stand still
  • rush
  • suffer
  • converge

Etymology

  • loteren (Middle Dutch (ca. 1050-1350))

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Words that Rhyme with Loiter

  • reconnoiter
  • kreuter
  • reutter
  • reuter
  • goiter
  • boyter

Example sentences of the word loiter


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Consider tourist areas or areas where pedestrians loiter during warm months.

2. Adverb, comparative
Every year, between December to May, humpback whales loiter in the waters around Maui.

3. Adverb
Pickpockets do loiter in crowded areas, especially in tourist areas and on the Metro.

4. Verb, base form
But, she didn't let them loiter for too long and sent them back into the wilderness.

Quotes containing the word loiter


1. By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream
- Virginia Woolf

2. Therefore I would ask you to write all kinds of books, hesitating at no subject however trivial or however vast. By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

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