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loitering

[ loi-ter-ing ]
/ ˈlɔɪ tər ɪŋ /
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noun

the act of lingering aimlessly or as if aimlessly in or about a place: A cluster of teens gathered in front of the plaza were charged with violating a city bylaw against loitering.
the act of moving in a slow, idle manner, with purposeless stops: His celebration of loitering as the best form of travel will resonate with anyone who has ever dared toss away a tourist map.
the act of wasting time or dawdling over work: As film director Jean Renoir notes, “The foundation of all civilization is loitering” because it gives time for creative thinking.

adjective

lingering aimlessly, moving slowly and idly, or wasting time: Fossil fuels may not remain plentiful long enough to underwrite such a loitering transition to renewable energy.

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Origin of loitering

loiter + -ing1 for the noun senses; loiter + -ing2 for the adjective sense

OTHER WORDS FROM loitering

loi·ter·ing·ly, adverb
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