- 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.).
- 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.
- a cocktail lounge.
- Archaic. the act or a period of lounging.
- Archaic. a lounging gait.
Origin of lounge
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Examples from the Web for lounge
Two and a half years ago this was just a sock, underwear and a lounge kind of company.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
We are playing stuff that goes back to the Lounge Lizards first concert.
It was actually by Lurie, who sang on it, as he never did with the Lounge Lizards.
I walk into the lounge area of the airport and promptly receive a glass of champagne and a boozy stamp in my passport.Join The Mile High (Dining) Club
September 26, 2014
As she sips tea in a lounge at the Greenwich Hotel, her soft-spoken, modest style includes a casual acceptance of her advantages.The Next Great Coppola
May 7, 2014
Sally, exhausted by the long watch, had fallen asleep on a lounge.Hetty's Strange History
As they entered the lounge, Eric wondered why he had chosen this of all places.The Education of Eric Lane
And Miss Van Harlem, in a bewitching wrapper, sat on the lounge and admired.Stories of a Western Town
The library was tenanted by Cousin Percy, who was taking a nap on the lounge.Cap'n Dan's Daughter
Joseph C. Lincoln
We attended the concert in the Lounge, and the ball on the promenade deck which followed.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- (intr; often foll by about or around) to sit, lie, walk, or stand in a relaxed manner
- to pass (time) lazily or idly
- a communal room in a hotel, ship, theatre, etc, used for waiting or relaxing in
- (as modifier)lounge chair
- mainly British a living room in a private house
- Also called: lounge bar, saloon bar British a more expensive bar in a pub or hotel
- mainly US and Canadian
- an expensive bar, esp in a hotel
- 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 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.