linger away


verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to pass (time, life, etc.) in a leisurely or a tedious manner (usually followed by away or out ): We lingered away the whole summer at the beach.
Archaic. to draw out or protract.

1250–1300; Middle English lengeren to dwell, remain (somewhere), frequentative of lengen, Old English lengan to delay, prolong, literally, lengthen. See long1, -er6

lingerer, noun
lingeringly, adverb
outlinger, verb (used with object)
overlinger, verb (used without object)
unlingering, adjective

1, 4. tarry. 1, 5. loiter. Unabridged
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linger (ˈlɪŋɡə)
1.  to delay or prolong departure
2.  to go in a slow or leisurely manner; saunter
3.  to remain just alive for some time prior to death
4.  to persist or continue, esp in the mind
5.  to be slow to act; dither; procrastinate
[C13 (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, from lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; related to Old Norse lengja; see long1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, lenger "reside, dwell," freq. of lengen "to tarry," from O.E. lengan "prolong, lengthen," from P.Gmc. *langijanan (cf. Du. lengen "to lengthen"), source of O.E. lang "long."
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