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lounging

[loun-jing] /ˈlaʊn dʒɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(of a garment) worn for leisure, as at home:
lounging robe; lounging jacket.
2.
lacking energy or vigor; relaxed.
Origin of lounging
1665-1675
1665-75; lounge + -ing2
Related forms
loungingly, adverb
unlounging, adjective

lounge

[lounj] /laʊndʒ/
verb (used without object), lounged, lounging.
1.
to pass time idly and indolently.
2.
to rest or recline indolently; loll:
We lounged in the sun all afternoon.
3.
to go or move in a leisurely, indolent manner; saunter (usually followed by around, along, off, etc.).
verb (used with object), lounged, lounging.
4.
to pass (time) in lounging (usually followed by away or out):
to lounge away the afternoon.
noun
5.
a sofa for reclining, sometimes backless, having a headrest at one end.
6.
a place for sitting, waiting, smoking, etc., especially a large public room, as in a hotel, theater, or air terminal, often with adjoining washrooms.
7.
a section on a train, plane, or ship having various club or social facilities.
9.
Archaic. the act or a period of lounging.
10.
Archaic. a lounging gait.
Origin
1500-10; origin uncertain
Related forms
loungy, adjective
Can be confused
long, longe, lounge, lunge.
Synonyms
1. loaf, idle, relax, dally, potter.
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  • He was seventeen and a half, and for nearly a year had been lounging about at home, doing nothing in particular.

  • The conductor and crew of the local freight were lounging comfortably in the caboose.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He added the last words, after there had been a vivid flash which had shown him lounging in the window.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • At any rate, he looked more respectable than in a lounging robe.

    The Web of the Golden Spider Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • A couple of soldiers were lounging upon the little wharf and watching the small craft as they came and went.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
British Dictionary definitions for lounging

lounge

/laʊndʒ/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by about or around) to sit, lie, walk, or stand in a relaxed manner
2.
to pass (time) lazily or idly
noun
3.
  1. a communal room in a hotel, ship, theatre, etc, used for waiting or relaxing in
  2. (as modifier): lounge chair
4.
(mainly Brit) a living room in a private house
5.
(Brit) Also called lounge bar, saloon bar. a more expensive bar in a pub or hotel
6.
(mainly US & Canadian)
  1. an expensive bar, esp in a hotel
  2. short for cocktail lounge
7.
a sofa or couch, esp one with a headrest and no back
8.
the act or an instance of lounging
Word Origin
C16: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for lounging

lounge

v.

"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.

n.

"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.

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