Antonyms for linger

Grammar : Verb
Spell : ling-ger
Phonetic Transcription : ˈlɪŋ gər

Definition of linger

Origin :
  • c.1300, lenger "reside, dwell," northern England frequentative of lengen "to tarry," from Old English lengan "prolong, lengthen," from Proto-Germanic *langjan "to make long" (cf. Old Frisian lendza, Old High German lengan, Dutch lengen "to lengthen"), source of Old English lang (see long (adj.)). Sense of "delay going, depart slowly and unwillingly" is from 1520s. Related: Lingered; lingering.
  • verb loiter, delay
  • verb continue, endure
Example sentences :
  • Angie moved slowly toward the door, but Josie inclined to linger.
  • Extract from : « The Fortune Hunter » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • These are some of the legends and superstitions which linger amongst us.
  • Extract from : « English Villages » by P. H. Ditchfield
  • But it was not for long that Gloria was allowed to linger even in her own house.
  • Extract from : « Gloria and Treeless Street » by Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • But I cannot linger upon this at present, tempting although it be.
  • Extract from : « Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood » by George MacDonald
  • I will not linger over the affair—as unpleasant to myself as it can be to any of my readers.
  • Extract from : « Wilfrid Cumbermede » by George MacDonald
  • I dare not linger over that horrible night, or the horrible days that followed.
  • Extract from : « Wilfrid Cumbermede » by George MacDonald
  • If we linger, it only gives Hanley more time to plan trickery.
  • Extract from : « Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930 » by Various
  • But obviously I must not linger over these early types of love.
  • Extract from : « The Truth About Woman » by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Recognizing me she smiled; but I was in no mood to linger with her.
  • Extract from : « A Hero of Our Time » by M. Y. Lermontov
  • It is a point of such interest that I would like to linger upon it.
  • Extract from : « The Truth About Woman » by C. Gasquoine Hartley

Synonyms for linger

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