verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of linger
Examples from the Web for linger
Cuomo was asked to show up an hour early, but he evidently did not want to linger at the debate site.Behind the Scenes With a ‘Site Agent’: The Secret Service’s Hardest Job|Marc Ambinder|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One Republican consultant wondered how long Bridgegate will linger.
And when they linger open for just a few seconds longer than usual, it signals a dreaded delay.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway|Kevin Zawacki|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For a writer who was a master of reduction, never one to linger on the passing view, this was an unusually effulgent paragraph.
In some cases the cost can linger long after the pleasure has dissipated.The High Cost of An Orgasm: Is Momentary Pleasure Worth a Lifetime of Regret?|Aurora Snow|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I ought to linger nowhere; for misfortune flies to overtake me, and injures all that are connected with me.Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)|Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Why did he linger behind when here was grass and water––surely water, for the smell of it was fresh and sweet.The Eye of Dread|Payne Erskine
But it did linger now, as Cally trod somewhat dreamily over streets that she had long known by heart.V. V.'s Eyes|Henry Sydnor Harrison
The great Mazzarini Palace looks sad and forlorn; nor do we mean to linger much longer on a scene whence the actors have departed.The Daltons, Volume II (of II)|Charles James Lever
Let me linger over the memory of scenes which have passed away.Phaedrus|Plato
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for linger
c.1300, lenger "reside, dwell," northern England frequentative of lengen "to tarry," from Old English lengan "prolong, lengthen," from Proto-Germanic *langjan "to make long" (cf. Old Frisian lendza, Old High German lengan, Dutch lengen "to lengthen"), source of Old English lang (see long (adj.)). Sense of "delay going, depart slowly and unwillingly" is from 1520s. Related: Lingered; lingering.