The issue has quickly turned from the supposed issue at hand—namely, is he "loitering" in a place that forbids it?
Saw her the other week, in downtown Cambridge, loitering around the courthouse, probably waiting to go before a judge.
An absentee father is loitering about with his son and namesake, Mason Jr., at a deserted concert hall.
Now, with the publication of ‘loitering,’ the uninitiated can discover what all the fuss is about.
He pleaded guilty to loitering and spent a month in County Jail, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The superintendent muttered an oath under his breath and nodded to the loitering policeman.
If the Father found her loitering there he would reprimand her.
And all this time that the central authority were defied, artillerymen and linesmen were loitering about the streets of Cadiz.
There could be no loitering; quick work was necessary, or a spoiled wheel was the result.
Then I heard Mr. Jermyn loitering at the stair-head while the Duke left the council-room.
early 15c., "idle one's time, dawdle over work," from Middle Dutch loteren "be loose or erratic, shake, totter" like a loose tooth or a sail in a storm; in modern Dutch, leuteren "to delay, linger, loiter over one's work." Probably cognate with Old English lutian "lurk," and related to Old English loddere "beggar;" Old High German lotar "empty, vain," luzen "lurk;" German Lotterbube "vagabond, rascal," lauschen "eavesdrop;" Gothic luton "mislead;" Old English lyðre "base, bad, wicked." Related: Loitered; loitering.