Meaning of linger
Pronunciation: (ling'gur), [key]
- to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected, as if from reluctance to leave: We lingered awhile after the party.
- to remain alive; continue or persist, although gradually dying, ceasing, disappearing, etc.: She lingered a few months after the heart attack. Such practices still linger among the older natives.
- to dwell in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment: to linger over the beauty of a painting.
- to be tardy in action; delay; dawdle: to linger in discharging one's duties.
- to walk slowly; saunter along.
- to pass (time, life, etc.) in a leisurely or a tedious manner (usually fol. by away or out): We lingered away the whole summer at the beach.
- to draw out or protract.
- linger (Thesaurus)