verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of linger
Examples from the Web for lingered
But most of all, Ramone lingered on Vicious, whom he painted and drew over and over again.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings|Melissa Leon|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After each tiny detail was dusted and perfected without the promise of guests, he lingered in the room a few moments longer.Winston Churchill’s Egyptian Getaway: The Old Cataract Hotel|Lauren Bohn|December 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the question that has lingered is how fast and how many this year.
Parker said her good-byes, and as most of the group went back upstairs to the set, Spitzer lingered.Eliot Spitzer's Nasty CNN Parting Shot to Kathleen Parker|Nick Summers|February 28, 2011|DAILY BEAST
They lingered and when I tried to get them to leave, they pulled out guns.
Margaret saw his shadow as it lingered, but she continued her employment.Love After Marriage; and Other Stories of the Heart|Caroline Lee Hentz
I had lingered there too long already, and letters from neglected relatives and friends came, reproachful, with every post.Guy Livingstone;|George A. Lawrence
In one parlour there was a pleasant wood-fire, around which a group were gathered; and here Gerty would fain have lingered.The Lamplighter|Maria S. Cummins
For two years more he lingered, sinking slowly into unconsciousness and imbecility.Queen Victoria|Lytton Strachey
Thrown away by his companions, who had passed on towards Red River, he had lingered for three days all exposed to dew and frost.The Great Lone Land|W. F. Butler
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.