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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LINGERER

The lingerer at the gate drew a long breath and entered the garden.

From pursuing this policy he received the surname of Cunctator, or the Lingerer.

When that effect did not seem sufficiently deep, he called here and there upon a lingerer for applause.

WORD 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.

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