lingering


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lin·ger

 (lĭng′gər)
intr.v. lin·gered, lin·ger·ing, lin·gers
1. To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance: Friends lingered at the picnic tables, chatting. See Synonyms at stay1.
2.
a. To continue or persist: a smell that lingered in the air; doubts that lingered in my mind.
b. To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
3. To proceed slowly; saunter: "the careless grace and dignity with which she lingered along the garden path" (Henry James).
4. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion: We lingered over the question for an hour.

[Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to prolong, from Old English lengan; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

lin′ger·er n.
lin′ger·ing·ly adv.

Lingering

 
  1. Brooded over … the way a plane caught in a fog hovers longingly over a blurred landing strip —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  2. (Haven’t you got anything better to do than) hang around here like a prairie dog in heat —line from the movie, Bronco Billy.
  3. Hang around like a rent collector or a man come to fix the faucet —Harvey Swados
  4. Hang around like sullen clouds over the sun —John Ashberry
  5. Hanging around like a fart in a phone box —Australian colloquialism
  6. [An idea] hang over … like a thunderstorm reluctant to break —Gavin Lyall
  7. [The smell of circus lions] hangs like August heat —Delmore Schwartz
  8. Hover like a moth intoxicated with light —John Galsworthy
  9. Hover like butterflies —Lee Smith
  10. Hover over like an ugly bird of prey —Anon
  11. Hung around … like a herd of sheep with no sheep dog —Ignazio Silone
  12. (The Fraziers had refused to leave his mind; they had stayed on,) imposing themselves on his consciousness and his conscience like the troubling memory of a drunken evening —Elizabeth Hardwick
  13. Languish like a mist at noon —Herbert Read
  14. Lingered like heat, like poppy petals, like desert sand —Kay Boyle
  15. Lingered, like smoke after fire —Paul Kuttner
  16. Lingering like an unloved guest —Percy Bysshe Shelley
  17. Lingering like second thoughts —George Bradley
  18. (Light) lingers like a lover’s tongue —Bin Ramke

    This simile concludes a poem entitled What the Weather is Like.

  19. Lodged like a marble in a crack —James Crumley
  20. Loitered like a school child —Jean Stafford
  21. (A cold notion flew into my brain and) squatted there like a buzzard, patient, in a tree —George Garrett
  22. Stalling like a Scotchman in front of a pay toilet —Harold Adams
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lingering - the act of tarrying
delay, holdup - the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time

lingering

adjective slow, prolonged, protracted, long-drawn-out, remaining, dragging, persistent He died a lingering death in hospital.

lingering

adjective
Translations

lingering

[ˈlɪŋgərɪŋ] ADJ [smell] → persistente; [doubt] → persistente, que no se desvanece; [look] → fijo; [death] → lento

lingering

[ˈlɪŋgərɪŋ] adj
[hope, doubt, feeling] → persistant(e); [effect] → persistant(e); [smell] → persistant(e)
[death] → lent(e)

lingering

adjlang, ausgedehnt; deathlangsam; illnesslangwierig, schleppend; doubtzurückbleibend; looksehnsüchtig; chordslange (nach)klingend; kissinnig; the lovers took a lingering farewell of each otherder Abschied der Liebenden wollte kein Ende nehmen; I’ve still got one lingering doubtes bleibt noch ein Zweifel (zurück); the customs officer gave him a long lingering lookder Zollbeamte sah ihn lange prüfend an

lingering

[ˈlɪŋgrɪŋ] adj (smell, doubt) → persistente; (look) → insistente, lungo/a; (death) → lento/a

lingering

v. prolongación, tardanza, morosidad; a. prolongado-a, retardado-a, moroso-a.
References in classic literature ?
A shadow passed over the boy's face as he watched them, feeling that he ought to go away because uninvited, yet lingering because home seemed very lonely and this quiet party in the woods most attractive to his restless spirit.
Shimerda's soul were lingering about in this world at all, it would be here, in our house, which had been more to his liking than any other in the neighbourhood.
How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress
On that day, two men were lingering on the banks of a small but rapid stream, within an hour's journey of the encampment of Webb, like those who awaited the appearance of an absent person, or the approach of some expected event.
The dusky terror of that frown, Hepzibah observed, was thought to be lingering ever since in the passageway.
Grose--her eyes just lingering on mine--gave a shudder and walked to the window; and while she stood there looking out I completed my statement.
But strike a member of the harem school, and her companions swim around her with every token of concern, sometimes lingering so near her and so long, as themselves to fall a prey.
It made him irrevocably a family man; it killed the last lingering impulse that he might have had to go out in the evenings and sit and talk with the men in the saloons.
It was like that hush of spirit which we feel amid the bright, mild woods of autumn, when the bright hectic flush is on the trees, and the last lingering flowers by the brook; and we joy in it all the more, because we know that soon it will all pass away.
So they took it, hand- ling it as cautiously and devoutly as if it had been some holy thing come from some supernatural region; and gently felt of its texture, caressed its pleasant smooth surface with lingering touch, and scanned the mysterious characters with fascinated eyes.
I objected that this would require too lingering a death; it was a good speech for a consumptive, but not suited to the exigencies of the field of honor.
A long, lingering, colossal sigh followed, and his heart broke.