lingerer


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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lingerer - someone who lingers aimlessly in or about a place
dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke, drone - someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind
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lingerer

noun
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"Lingerer!" he said, "my brain is on fire with impatience, and you tarry so long!"
But truth is no lingerer in the repositories of Booker's revelations.
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Quintus Fabius Maximus (nicknamed "Cunctator," or "Lingerer") saved Rome from Hannibal's invasion because he protracted the campaign, avoiding decisive engagements with Hannibal's army.
let us live, so that flower by flower, Shutting in turn may leave A lingerer still for the sunset hour, A charm for the shaded eve.
* The Dallas Jessiman Award (PNC) for first-time attendees at the conference: Nicola Lingerer, Hawkes' Bay Regional Hospital;
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