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verb (used without object), lounged, loung·ing.
  1. to pass time idly and indolently.
  2. to rest or recline indolently; loll: We lounged in the sun all afternoon.
  3. to go or move in a leisurely, indolent manner; saunter (usually followed by around, along, off, etc.).
verb (used with object), lounged, loung·ing.
  1. to pass (time) in lounging (usually followed by away or out): to lounge away the afternoon.
  1. a sofa for reclining, sometimes backless, having a headrest at one end.
  2. a place for sitting, waiting, smoking, etc., especially a large public room, as in a hotel, theater, or air terminal, often with adjoining washrooms.
  3. a section on a train, plane, or ship having various club or social facilities.
  4. a cocktail lounge.
  5. Archaic. the act or a period of lounging.
  6. Archaic. a lounging gait.

Origin of lounge

First recorded in 1500–10; origin uncertain
Related formsloung·y, adjective
Can be confusedlong longe lounge lunge

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  1. (intr; often foll by about or around) to sit, lie, walk, or stand in a relaxed manner
  2. to pass (time) lazily or idly
    1. a communal room in a hotel, ship, theatre, etc, used for waiting or relaxing in
    2. (as modifier)lounge chair
  1. mainly British a living room in a private house
  2. Also called: lounge bar, saloon bar British a more expensive bar in a pub or hotel
  3. mainly US and Canadian
    1. an expensive bar, esp in a hotel
    2. short for cocktail lounge
  4. a sofa or couch, esp one with a headrest and no back
  5. the act or an instance of lounging

Word Origin for lounge

C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lounge

"to loll idly," c.1500, Scottish, of uncertain origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from French s'allonger (paresseusement) "to lounge about, lie at full length," from Old French alongier "lengthen," from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)). Another etymology traces it through obsolete lungis (n.) "slow, lazy person" (c.1560), from Middle French longis, a generic application of Longinus, supposed to be the name of the centurion who pierced Christ's side with a spear in John xix:34. Popular etymology associated the name directly with long (adj.). Related: Lounged; lounging.


"comfortable drawing room," 1881, from lounge (v.); in the sense of "couch on which one can lie at full length," it is attested from 1830. Lounge lizard is by 1917, perhaps from 1912, a term of contempt, originally in reference to men who hung around in tea rooms to flirt.

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