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[lounj] /laʊndʒ/
verb (used without object), lounged, lounging.
to pass time idly and indolently.
to rest or recline indolently; loll:
We lounged in the sun all afternoon.
to go or move in a leisurely, indolent manner; saunter (usually followed by around, along, off, etc.).
verb (used with object), lounged, lounging.
to pass (time) in lounging (usually followed by away or out):
to lounge away the afternoon.
a sofa for reclining, sometimes backless, having a headrest at one end.
a place for sitting, waiting, smoking, etc., especially a large public room, as in a hotel, theater, or air terminal, often with adjoining washrooms.
a section on a train, plane, or ship having various club or social facilities.
Archaic. the act or a period of lounging.
Archaic. a lounging gait.
Origin of lounge
1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
loungy, adjective
Can be confused
long, longe, lounge, lunge.
1. loaf, idle, relax, dally, potter. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lounge
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  • She was lying down on the lounge, with Andrew holding her hand.

    The Portion of Labor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Susy stole off into the nursery, and threw herself on the lounge.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Another city adjoins it called Altona, the park of which and the environs are the favourite Sunday lounge of the Hamburgers.

    Letters of George Borrow George Borrow
  • He settled into a chair on the opposite side of the lounge and sipped at his coffee.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • I could have equipped a heat ray and fired along the curved Benson light into that lounge.

    Brigands of the Moon Ray Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for lounge


(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to sit, lie, walk, or stand in a relaxed manner
to pass (time) lazily or idly
  1. a communal room in a hotel, ship, theatre, etc, used for waiting or relaxing in
  2. (as modifier): lounge chair
(mainly Brit) a living room in a private house
(Brit) Also called lounge bar, saloon bar. a more expensive bar in a pub or hotel
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. an expensive bar, esp in a hotel
  2. short for cocktail lounge
a sofa or couch, esp one with a headrest and no back
the act or an instance of lounging
Word Origin
C16: origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lounge

"to loll idly," c.1500, Scottish, of uncertain origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from French s'allonger (paresseusement) "to lounge about, lie at full length," from Old French alongier "lengthen," from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)). Another etymology traces it through obsolete lungis (n.) "slow, lazy person" (c.1560), from Middle French longis, a generic application of Longinus, supposed to be the name of the centurion who pierced Christ's side with a spear in John xix:34. Popular etymology associated the name directly with long (adj.). Related: Lounged; lounging.


"comfortable drawing room," 1881, from lounge (v.); in the sense of "couch on which one can lie at full length," it is attested from 1830. Lounge lizard is by 1917, perhaps from 1912, a term of contempt, originally in reference to men who hung around in tea rooms to flirt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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