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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
First recorded in 1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
loungy, adjective
Can be confused
long, longe, lounge, lunge.
1. loaf, idle, relax, dally, potter. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for lounge around
Historical Examples
  • So heartily did all eat that they were too lazy to do anything but lounge around after dinner.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • Don't work hard, just lounge around, for this is your vacation, you know.

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • Afterwards they lounge around for a short period, when again the bugle blows "Quarters."

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • Then the troop was allowed half an hour to lounge around, ere once more embarking for the afternoon row.

  • How long would he be obliged to lounge around by himself waiting for Ida Mayberry to return!

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • He was a great hand to go to town every day and lounge around wid his cronies.

  • Apparently at that time these men had nothing to do but drink and lounge around the tavern.

  • Well, we went into reserves and for a couple of days we did nothing but lounge around.

    Into the Jaws of Death

    Jack O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for lounge around


(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 around



"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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Slang definitions & phrases for lounge around

lounge around

verb phrase

loll around: What are you lounging around here for? Get to work! (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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