Definition of Loiter
(noun) To wander around or stand in a public place without an obvious reason; linger without purpose.
Example of Loiter
- To spend time outside a shop without any intention of making a purchase.
- American English – /lOI-tuhr/
- British English – /lOI-tuh/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈlɔɪdər/
- British English – /ˈlɔɪtə/
- Plural: loiters
- In some areas loitering is considered a crime, typically a misdemeanor.
- A (noun) loiterer (adverb) loiteringly engages in (noun) loitering.
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- Word origin of “loiter” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “loiter.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 2, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/loiter/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
loiter. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/loiter/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “loiter.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 2, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/loiter/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“loiter.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 2 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/loiter/>.