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[lounj] /laʊndʒ/
verb (used without object), lounged, lounging.
to pass time idly and indolently.
to rest or recline indolently; loll:
We lounged in the sun all afternoon.
to go or move in a leisurely, indolent manner; saunter (usually followed by around, along, off, etc.).
verb (used with object), lounged, lounging.
to pass (time) in lounging (usually followed by away or out):
to lounge away the afternoon.
a sofa for reclining, sometimes backless, having a headrest at one end.
a place for sitting, waiting, smoking, etc., especially a large public room, as in a hotel, theater, or air terminal, often with adjoining washrooms.
a section on a train, plane, or ship having various club or social facilities.
Archaic. the act or a period of lounging.
Archaic. a lounging gait.
Origin of lounge
1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
loungy, adjective
Can be confused
long, longe, lounge, lunge.
1. loaf, idle, relax, dally, potter. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lounge
  • If he has a few upholstered benches in his place he usually calls it a lounge.
  • Twitter is quickly becoming a global faculty lounge.
  • Imagine you are almost dozing in a lounge chair outside, with a magazine on your lap.
  • Stretch out on a lawn chaise lounge or a sleeping bag for a good peripheral view of the sky.
  • She heard the music and was suddenly transported back to her childhood lounge room.
  • Better yet, go to a lounge in a high poverty, high minority school.
  • Your correspondent has finally given in to family pressure to create a dedicated media lounge.
  • Maidens and warriors lounge among the carved porticos.
  • Given a choice of surgeons, you might actually want the one sitting in the hospital lounge playing video games.
  • Oh, and by the way, that's my blue coffee mug next to the microwave in the lounge.
British Dictionary definitions for lounge


(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to sit, lie, walk, or stand in a relaxed manner
to pass (time) lazily or idly
  1. a communal room in a hotel, ship, theatre, etc, used for waiting or relaxing in
  2. (as modifier): lounge chair
(mainly Brit) a living room in a private house
(Brit) Also called lounge bar, saloon bar. a more expensive bar in a pub or hotel
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. an expensive bar, esp in a hotel
  2. short for cocktail lounge
a sofa or couch, esp one with a headrest and no back
the act or an instance of lounging
Word Origin
C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lounge

"to loll idly," c.1500, Scottish, of uncertain origin, perhaps [Barnhart] from French s'allonger (paresseusement) "to lounge about, lie at full length," from Old French alongier "lengthen," from Latin longus "long" (see long (adj.)). Another etymology traces it through obsolete lungis (n.) "slow, lazy person" (c.1560), from Middle French longis, a generic application of Longinus, supposed to be the name of the centurion who pierced Christ's side with a spear in John xix:34. Popular etymology associated the name directly with long (adj.). Related: Lounged; lounging.


"comfortable drawing room," 1881, from lounge (v.); in the sense of "couch on which one can lie at full length," it is attested from 1830. Lounge lizard is by 1917, perhaps from 1912, a term of contempt, originally in reference to men who hung around in tea rooms to flirt.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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