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.
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.