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 boat beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July-- Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear-- Long has paled that sunny sky: Echoes fade and memories die.
the crisis -- The danger is past, And the lingering illness Is over at last -- And the fever called "Living" Is conquered at last.
Tom went to bed that night planning vengeance against Alfred Temple; for with shame and repentance Becky had told him all, not forgetting her own treachery; but even the longing for vengeance had to give way, soon, to pleasanter musings, and he fell asleep at last with Becky's latest words lingering dreamily in his ear --
She had no such object for her lingering thoughts to fix on, she left no creature behind, from whom it would give her a moment's regret to be divided for ever, she was pleased to be free herself from the persecution of Lucy's friendship, she was grateful for bringing her sister away unseen by Willoughby since his marriage, and she looked forward with hope to what a few months of tranquility at Barton might do towards restoring Marianne's peace of mind, and confirming her own.
She returned just in time to join the others as they quitted the house, on an excursion through its more immediate premises; and the rest of the morning was easily whiled away, in lounging round the kitchen garden, examining the bloom upon its walls, and listening to the gardener's lamentations upon blights, in dawdling through the green-house, where the loss of her favourite plants, unwarily exposed, and nipped by the lingering frost, raised the laughter of Charlotte,--and in visiting her poultry-yard, where, in the disappointed hopes of her dairy-maid, by hens forsaking their nests, or being stolen by a fox, or in the rapid decrease of a promising young brood, she found fresh sources of merriment.
Many a night he vaguely and unhappily wandered there, when wine had brought no transitory gladness to him; many a dreary daybreak revealed his solitary figure lingering there, and still lingering there when the first beams of the sun brought into strong relief, removed beauties of architecture in spires of churches and lofty buildings, as perhaps the quiet time brought some sense of better things, else forgotten and unattainable, into his mind.
Who has not felt the sorrowful enchantment of those lingering sunsets?
We were not, replied I, in danger of being stabbed or poisoned, but are doomed to a more lingering and painful death by that prohibition which obliges your subjects to deny us the necessaries of life; if it be Your Highness's pleasure that we die here, we entreat that we may at least be despatched quickly, and not condemned to longer torments.
The NANS president urged the Federal Government to introduce security measures to resolve lingering security problems in the country.
Medium-sweet toffee apple flavour with a hint of tart acid that soon gives way to a pleasant lingering mouthfeel of sweet apple.
size or scope of the contract: Scope of the order includes: Part 1: -wyczyszczenie biological reactor RB and the lingering deposits, estimated the amount of deposits on 37,1x88,25x0,25 = 820 m3, where the width RB and is 37,1m length RB and is 88,25m, depth lingering deposits of 0.
LINGERING hopes of a positive outcome between Derbyshire and Glamorgan at the County Ground were not so much put on ice as frozen out by a storm midway through the final afternoon.