verb (lingered; lingering) Etymology: Middle English (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, frequentative of lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; akin to Old English lang long Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to be slow in parting or in quitting something ; tarry <
fans lingered outside the door
2. a. to remain alive although gradually dying b. to remain existent although often waning in strength, importance, or influence <
lingering doubts
lingering odors
3. to be slow to act ; procrastinate 4. to move slowly ; saunter transitive verb 1. obsolete delay 2. to pass (as a period of time) slowly • lingerer nounlingeringly adverb

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