Loi"ter (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Loitered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Loitering.] [D. leuteren to delay, loiter; cf; Prov. G. lottern to be louse, lotter louse, slack, unsettled, vagrant, OHG. lotar.]

1.

To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be dilatory; to spend time idly; to saunter; to lag behind.

Sir John, you loiter here too long. Shak.

If we have loitered, let us quicken our pace. Rogers.

2.

To wander as an idle vagrant.

[Obs.]

Spenser.

Syn. -- To linger; delay; lag; saunter; tarry.

 

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