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Noun: lingering  ling-gu-ring
  1. The act of tarrying
    - tarriance
Verb: linger  ling-gu(r)
  1. Remain present although waning or gradually dying
    "Her perfume lingered on"
     
  2. Spend time in one place doing little or wasting time
    "The high school students like to linger in the Central Square";
    - loiter, lounge, footle [informal], lollygag [N. Amer, informal], loaf [informal], lallygag [N. Amer, informal], hang around, mess about, tarry, lurk, mill about, mill around, dillydally [informal], dilly-dally [informal], mooch [Brit, informal]
     
  3. Leave slowly and hesitantly
    - tarry
     
  4. Take one's time; proceed slowly
    - dawdle
     
  5. Move to and fro
    "The shy student lingered in the corner";
    - hover

Derived forms: lingerings

See also: linger over

Type of: balk, baulk [Brit], be, delay, go away, go forth, hesitate, holdup, leave, move, off [informal], persist, remain, stay, waffle [N. Amer, informal], waver

Antonym: rush

Encyclopedia: Lingering

Linger, Luxembourg