verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of loiter
Examples from the Web for loiterer
That agent had, by the style of his accost, restored the loiterer to his former place in society.Whirligigs|O. Henry
The tomatoes that make glad the heart of the loiterer in Covent Garden are fresh as the sweet breath of May.The Feasts of Autolycus|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It was made for the loiterer, as its whimsical twists and turns plainly show.Vanishing Roads and Other Essays|Richard Le Gallienne
The dale is one of great attractiveness to a loiterer through this unfrequented wood of the Baraboo Hills.Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region|H. E. Cole
One was always punctual at school, the other a loiterer by the way.
British Dictionary definitions for loiterer
Word Origin for loiter
Word Origin and History for loiterer
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.