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Webster 1913 Edition


Linger

Lin′ger

(lĭṉ′gẽr)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Lingered
(lĭṉ′gẽrd)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Lingering
.]
[OE.
lengen
to tarry, AS.
lengan
to prolong, put off, fr.
lang
long. √125. See
Long
,
Adj.
]
To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
Nor cast one longing,
lingering
look behind.
Gray.
Syn. – To loiter; lag; saunter; delay; tarry; stop; hesitate.

Lin′ger

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To protract; to draw out.
[Obs.]
She
lingers
my desires.
Shakespeare
2.
To spend or pass in a lingering manner; – with out;
as, to
linger
out one’s days on a sick bed
.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Linger

LIN'GER

, v.i.
1.
To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow.
Nor cast one longing, lingering look behind.
Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not. 2Peter 2.
2.
To hesitate; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense.
Perhaps thou lingerest, in deep thought detained.
3.
To remain long in any state. The patient lingers on a bed of sickness.

LIN'GER

,
Verb.
T.
To protract.

Definition 2021


linger

linger

English

Verb

linger (third-person singular simple present lingers, present participle lingering, simple past and past participle lingered)

  1. (intransitive) To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so; to loiter.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, ch. 15:
      His tone lingered in the air, almost like the tone of a musical instrument.
    • 1891, Edith Wharton, "Mrs. Manstey's View":
      She lingered in the window.
    • 2011 April 25, Alice Park, "Upgrading the Disaster," Time:
      It takes into account . . . predictions of how long radioactive contaminants will linger in the soil and water near the nuclear facility.
    • 2016 January 30, "Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Nomination," The New York Times (retrieved 30 January 2016):
      Mrs. Clinton’s main opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist, has proved to be more formidable than most people, including Mrs. Clinton, anticipated. He has brought income inequality and the lingering pain of the middle class to center stage and pushed Mrs. Clinton a bit more to the left than she might have gone on economic issues.
  2. (intransitive) To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.
    • 1887, Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders, ch. 14:
      He lingered through the day, and died that evening as the sun went down.
    • 1904, Andrew Lang, "Asmund and Signy" in The Brown Fairy Book:
      During his absence the queen fell ill, and after lingering for some time she died.
  3. (intransitive, often followed by on) To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytic thinking or discussion.

Derived terms

Translations


French

Etymology

linge + -ier (with elision of -i- after palatal)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /lɛ̃ʒe/

Noun

linger m (plural lingers, feminine lingère)

  1. linenkeeper

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