verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of loiter
Examples from the Web for loitered
Their very posture—the way they loitered and leaned and lolled about—was insolent.
Dev Patel loitered around another corridor, waiting for his plugged-in phone to charge.
Had he not loitered in the hall of the theatre, with coat-collar turned up, to hear just that?The Education of Eric Lane|Stephen McKenna
I have loitered on Waterloo Bridge to gaze on the magic of the river and listen to the eerie music of Time's roaring loom.The Haunts of Old Cockaigne|Alex Thompson
If he loitered and covered only 18 miles a day, that is, reaching Gyangtse in ten days, he was to expect only 10 rupees.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
Some started to go out, but loitered, hearing no bell-tap to land.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
They loitered about in their faultless uniforms, or rode along whip in hand.A German deserter's war experience|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for loitered
Word Origin for loiter
Word Origin and History for loitered
early 15c., "idle one's time, dawdle over work," from Middle Dutch loteren "be loose or erratic, shake, totter" like a loose tooth or a sail in a storm; in modern Dutch, leuteren "to delay, linger, loiter over one's work." Probably cognate with Old English lutian "lurk," and related to Old English loddere "beggar;" Old High German lotar "empty, vain," luzen "lurk;" German Lotterbube "vagabond, rascal," lauschen "eavesdrop;" Gothic luton "mislead;" Old English lyðre "base, bad, wicked." Related: Loitered; loitering.