Definition of

Loiter

  1. (verb, stative) be about
    Who is this man that is hanging around the department?

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Alternate forms of Loiter

Derivations: loiterer

Hyponyms: lurch, prowl

Hypernyms: be

Origin of the word Loiter

  1. mid-14c., from M.Du. loteren "be loose or erratic, shake, totter" like a loose tooth or a sail in a storm. In modern Du., leuteren "to delay, linger, loiter over one's work." Probably cognate with O.E. lutian "lurk," and related to O.E. loddere "beggar," O.H.G. lotar "empty, vain," Ger. Lotterbube "vagabond, rascal," O.E. ly?re "… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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