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Definition of loiter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

loiter

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtər//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they loiter
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtər//
 
he / she / it loiters
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtərz//
 
past simple loitered
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtərd//
 
past participle loitered
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtərd//
 
-ing form loitering
BrE BrE//ˈlɔɪtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔɪtərɪŋ//
 
 
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to stand or wait somewhere especially with no obvious reason synonym hang around Teenagers were loitering in the street outside. Word Origin late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch loteren ‘wag about’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: loiter