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linger

verb

  1. (persist)  to remain present although waning or gradually dying
    Type of: persist
  2. (be)  to be about
    Synonyms: footle, hang about [Britain], hang around, lallygag, loaf, loiter, lollygag, lounge, lurk,...
  3. (leave)  to leave slowly and hesitantly
    Synonyms: tarry. Type of: leave
  4. (move)  to take one's time; to proceed slowly
    Synonyms: dawdle. Type of: move
  5. (hesitate)  to move to and fro
    Synonyms: hover. Type of: hesitate

Etymology summary

lenger "reside, dwell", frequentative of lengen "to tarry", from Old English...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

linger | saunter [synonym, sense-specific] | dither [synonym, sense-specific] | procrastinate [synonym, sense-specific] | lingerer [noun, derived]

to delay or prolong departure | to go in a slow or leisurely manner; saunter | to remain just alive for some time prior to death | to persist or ... (27 of 467 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/linger

Merriam-Webster:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | tarry [synonym, sense-specific] | procrastinate [synonym, sense-specific] | saunter [synonym, sense-specific] | delay [synonym, sense-specific] | crawl [synonym, sense-specific] | creep [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to be slow in parting or in quitting something; "tarry" | to remain alive although gradually dying ; to remain existent although often waning in ... (24 of 286 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/linger

Random House Dictionary:

linger

to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected, as if from reluctance to leave. | to remain alive; continue or persist, although ... (27 of 133 words, 7 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/linger

Wiktionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present] | lingerers [agent noun, plural]

[intransitive] To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so. | [intransitive] To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually. | ... (39 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/linger

Oxford Dictionary:

linger | linger over | lingerer [derived]

stay in a place longer than necessary because of a reluctance to leave | ("linger over") : spend a long time over (something) | be slow to disappear ... (26 of 118 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/linger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

linger [intransitive] | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present] | linger on

to stay somewhere longer than is necessary, or to spend longer doing something than is necessary, because it's enjoyable or helpful to you | "linger" ... (24 of 109 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/linger

Wikipedia:

Linger [disambiguation]

may refer to: Linger, Luxembourg, a town in Bascharage, Luxembourg | "Linger" (song), a 1993 song by the Irish rock band The Cranberries | Linger (album), a 1990 album by Prudence Liew | 'Linger' a novel by Maggie Stiefvater | Linger (film), a 2008... (40 of 101 words, 6 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present] | lingerer [noun, related] | lingeringly [adverb, related]

To be slow in leaving, especially out of reluctance; tarry. See Synonyms at stay1. | To remain feebly alive for some time before dying. | ... (23 of 83 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

linger | lingerer [noun, related] | lingering [adjective, related] | lingeringly [adverb, related]

to continue to stay, especially through reluctance to leave | to continue to live or exist although very close to death or the end | to be ... (25 of 71 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/linger

Cambridge Dictionary:

linger | lingerer [noun, derived]

to take a long time to leave or disappear (9 of 59 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/linger

Encarta Dictionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

to delay leaving somewhere because of reluctance to go | to wait around or move around a place slowly and idly | to remain alive, although very weak, ... (26 of 154 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

linger

First use: about 1300

Origin: lenger "reside, dwell", frequentative of lengen "to tarry", from Old English lengan "prolong, lengthen", from Proto-Germanic ... (18 of 30 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, frequentative of lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; akin to Old English lang long

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Wiktionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English lenger, lengeren, frequentative of lengen, from Old English lengan, from Proto-Germanic *langijanan (compare Dutch lengen), probably related to the root of long.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/linger

Oxford Dictionary:

linger | linger over

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "dwell, abide"): frequentative of obsolete leng "prolong", of Germanic origin; related to German längen ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/linger

Collins Dictionary:

linger

First use: 13th century

Origin: (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, from lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; related to Old Norse lengja; see long1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/linger

New World Dictionary:

linger

Origin: North Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to delay, stay from Old English lengan, to lengthen, delay from base of lang, "long"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/linger

American Heritage Dictionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to prolong, from Old English lengan; see del- [entry 1] in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/linger

Encarta Dictionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: obsolete ling "delay, linger" from Old English lengan "lengthen"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698832​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

linger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "linger"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

linger [intransitive] | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "linger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/linger

Macmillan American Dictionary:

linger [intransitive, verb] | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "linger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/linger

Cambridge Dictionary:

linger

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "linger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "linger"

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the Free Dictionary:

linger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "linger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "linger"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "linger" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

linger | lingered [past tense] | lingering [present participle] | lingers [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "linger"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

linger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "linger"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=linger​01 word=linger

YourDictionary Audio:

linger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "linger" by speech synthesizer

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