verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of loiter
Examples from the Web for loitering
Now, with the publication of ‘Loitering,’ the uninitiated can discover what all the fuss is about.Charles D’Ambrosio’s X-Ray Vision Is On Full Display In His New Essay Collection.|Steve Almond|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The issue has quickly turned from the supposed issue at hand—namely, is he "loitering" in a place that forbids it?
An absentee father is loitering about with his son and namesake, Mason Jr., at a deserted concert hall.The Making of ‘Boyhood’: Richard Linklater’s 12-Year Journey to Create An American Masterpiece|Marlow Stern|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nor did we cruise in the singles bar or Christopher Street sense, loitering with sexual intent.
The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me ... he complains of my gab and my loitering.
That was the result, he thought, of his absurd whim of loitering about Berry town.
A shaft of sunlight had strayed over from the flower field and was loitering on his unpowdered hair, beating it into gold.Through the Gates of Old Romance|W. Jay Mills
Mr. Powell loitering about the skylight wanted his captain off the deck now.Chance|Joseph Conrad
Wood came in presently, and, loitering about, began to talk to him.The Portent and Other Stories|George MacDonald
With reckless hands we spend and waste and chide the flying hours for loitering by the way.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 12 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Word Origin for loiter
mid-14c., verbal noun from loiter.
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.