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Synonyms for lingerˈlɪŋ gər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. linger(verb)

    remain present although waning or gradually dying

    lurk, tarry, lallygag, footle, mess about, lollygag, loiter, lounge, mill about, hover, dawdle, loaf, mill around, hang around

    step on it, rush, hie, pelt along, belt along, bucket along, rush along, hasten, cannonball along, speed, race, hotfoot

  2. loiter, lounge, footle, lollygag, loaf, lallygag, hang around, mess about, tarry, linger, lurk, mill about, mill around(verb)

    be about

    loll around, loaf, bushwhack, bum about, hover, arse about, lounge around, mill around, frig around, arse around, mess about, lurk, bum around, lounge, waylay, loiter, loll, mill about, bum, mill, hang around, lollygag, skulk, lallygag, footle, tarry, ambuscade, linger, lie in wait, scupper, ambush, lounge about, dawdle, waste one's time

    rush along, hasten, hotfoot, bucket along, hie, step on it, rush, race, pelt along, cannonball along, speed, belt along

  3. tarry, linger(verb)

    leave slowly and hesitantly

    lurk, tarry, lallygag, footle, linger, mess about, lollygag, loiter, lounge, mill about, hover, dawdle, loaf, mill around, hang around

    rush along, rush, bucket along, belt along, speed, hie, race, step on it, hasten, hotfoot, cannonball along, pelt along

  4. linger, dawdle(verb)

    take one's time; proceed slowly

    loaf, lag, hover, loiter, dally, linger, footle, dawdle, mess about, hang around, fall behind, fall back, lollygag, mill about, tarry, lurk, lallygag, mill around, lounge

    rush along, hie, bucket along, hotfoot, rush, hasten, cannonball along, belt along, race, pelt along, speed, step on it

  5. hover, linger(verb)

    move to and fro

    loaf, mess about, mill around, levitate, hover, loiter, lallygag, linger, footle, bulk large, dawdle, oscillate, hang around, lollygag, mill about, tarry, vacillate, loom, vibrate, brood, lounge, lurk

    race, speed, step on it, hotfoot, pelt along, hie, rush along, cannonball along, belt along, bucket along, hasten, rush

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. linger(v. n.)

    loiter, delay, tarry, lag, saunter, be slow, wait long, remain long

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