LOITER: Synonyms and Related Words. What is Another Word for LOITER?

Need another word that means the same as “loiter”? Find 26 synonyms and 30 related words for “loiter” in this overview.

The synonyms of “Loiter” are: footle, hang around, lallygag, linger, loaf, lollygag, lounge, lurk, mess about, mill about, mill around, tarry, potter, wait, skulk, dawdle, dally, stroll, saunter, loll, go slowly, take one's time, go at a snail's pace, move at a snail's pace, drag one's feet, delay

Loiter as a Verb

Definitions of "Loiter" as a verb

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “loiter” as a verb can have the following definitions:

  • Stand or wait around without apparent purpose.
  • Walk slowly and with no apparent purpose; dawdle.
  • Be about.

Synonyms of "Loiter" as a verb (26 Words)

dallyTalk or behave amorously, without serious intentions.
Get busy don t dally.
dawdleTake one’s time; proceed slowly.
Ruth dawdled back through the wood.
delayCause to be slowed down or delayed.
Don t delay your application to graduate school or else it won t be considered.
drag one's feetPersuade to come away from something attractive or interesting.
footleAct foolishly, as by talking nonsense.
Where's that pesky creature that was footling about outside?
go at a snail's paceBe sounded, played, or expressed.
go slowlyFollow a procedure or take a course.
hang aroundBe menacing, burdensome, or oppressive.
lallygagBe about.
lingerRemain present although waning or gradually dying.
The tradition seems to linger on.
loafBe lazy or idle.
lollBe lazy or idle.
The boy lolled out his tongue.
lollygagBe about.
She goes to Arizona every January to lollygag in the sun.
loungeBe about.
Several students were lounging about reading papers.
lurk(of an unpleasant quality) be present in a latent or barely discernible state, although still presenting a threat.
Danger lurks beneath the surface.
mess aboutEat in a mess hall.
mill aboutGrind with a mill.
mill aroundRoll out (metal) with a rolling machine.
move at a snail's paceLive one’s life in a specified environment.
potterOccupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant way.
I might potter into Nice for the day.
saunterWalk leisurely and with no apparent aim.
Adam sauntered into the room.
skulkAvoid responsibilities and duties, e.g., by pretending to be ill.
Don t skulk outside the door like a spy.
strollWalk in a leisurely way.
The horse strolled home by 12 lengths.
take one's timeBe capable of holding or containing.
tarryLeave slowly and hesitantly.
waitWait before acting.
He found the train waiting on the platform.

Usage Examples of "Loiter" as a verb

  • The weather had tempted them to loiter along the banks of the Cherwell.
  • She saw Mary loitering near the cloakrooms.
  • The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square.

Associations of "Loiter" (30 Words)

behindA kick that sends the ball over a behind line or a touch that sends it between the inner posts scoring one point.
My watch is running behind.
continueContinue after an interruption.
The Archive has continued its programme of research.
dallyConsider not very seriously.
Get busy don t dally.
dawdleWaste time; be slow.
Ruth dawdled back through the wood.
delayAn electronic device which introduces a delay especially in an audio signal.
A two hour delay.
flophouseA cheap lodging house.
They are living in a flophouse and discovering that the streets are not paved with gold.
hoverMove to and fro.
If you hover over the video it will play a preview with sound.
lagCover with lagging to prevent heat loss.
Lag pipes.
latencyThe state of existing but not yet being developed or manifest; concealment.
The latency of tumours in mice.
levitateCause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity.
The magician levitated the woman.
lingerStay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave.
She lingered over her meal.
lingeringLasting for a long time or slow to end.
A painful and lingering death.
lurkLie in wait, lie in ambush, behave in a sneaky and secretive manner.
A ruthless killer still lurked in the darkness.
onwardsIn a forward direction.
persevereContinue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.
His family persevered with his treatment.
persistBe persistent refuse to stop.
If the symptoms persist for more than a few days then contact your doctor.
pitchyLike or as dark as pitch.
procrastinateDelay or postpone action; put off doing something.
He did not want to write the letter and procrastinated for days.
remainStay the same remain in a certain state.
Carter remains the only President in recent history under whose Presidency the U S did not fight a war.
resideHave one’s permanent home in a particular place.
She resides in Princeton.
residualA quantity remaining after other things have been subtracted or allowed for.
Residual stenosis.
restRest on or as if on a pillow.
He rested his bad leg.
slowdownThe act of slowing down or falling behind.
A traffic slowdown in the passing lane.
sojournSpend a certain length of time; reside temporarily.
She had sojourned once in Egypt.
stayA period of staying somewhere in particular of living somewhere temporarily as a visitor or guest.
They had a nice stay in Paris.
tarryLeave slowly and hesitantly.
A length of tarry rope.
timeOne s lifetime.
This is the first time I have got into debt.
timelessUnaffected by time.
Helen s timeless beauty.
unalteredRemaining in an original state.
Persisting unaltered through time.
unchangedNot made or become different.
An unchanged side for tonight s home game.

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