V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to stand around or hang out in an area, without a reason for being there; 2. to move unnecessarily slowly

Synonyms: dawdle, loaf, idle, lurk, dally, linger

Antonyms: hurry, rush

Tips: The essential meaning of loiter is "to spend time aimlessly." Many cities have regulations against loitering outside businesses or other public areas. The expression "loiter with intent" can refer to hanging around, waiting for an opportunity to commit a crime.

Usage Examples:

The police officer asked the teenagers not to loiter outside the grocery store. (linger, hang out)

We spent most of the summer loitering about, not doing much. (dawdling, idling)

The kids liked to loiter outside the candy store, always hoping the owner might be kind enough to give them something for free. (hang out, lurk)

We loitered at the club until well past closing time, and the owner eventually asked us to leave. (lingered, dawdled, idled)

Want to Learn More Words Like loiter?
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder

Dear Friend,

The definition and lessons for the word loiter were made available by the Power Vocabulary Builder.

The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.

Visit the the Power Vocabulary Builder site right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!

What's your vocabulary level?
Power Vocabulary Builder
FREE E-mail Course!

Drop your details in the boxes below to receive a FREE vocabulary course: