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synonyms for loitering

  • backward
  • behindhand
  • dallying
  • delaying
  • deliberate
  • laggard
  • late
  • lax
  • lazy
  • leisurely
  • lingering
  • moratory
  • neglectful
  • negligent
  • putting off
  • remiss
  • slack
  • slow
  • sluggish
  • snail-like
  • tardy
  • tarrying
  • time-wasting
  • unhasty
  • unhurried
See also synonyms for: loiterings
  • easy
  • gradual
  • heavy
  • lackadaisical
  • leisurely
  • lethargic
  • moderate
  • passive
  • quiet
  • reluctant
  • sluggish
  • stagnant
  • crawling
  • creeping
  • dawdling
  • delaying
  • deliberate
  • disinclined
  • idle
  • lagging
  • measured
  • plodding
  • postponing
  • procrastinating
  • slack
  • apathetic
  • bit-by-bit
  • dilatory
  • dreamy
  • drowsy
  • imperceptible
  • inactive
  • indolent
  • inert
  • laggard
  • leaden
  • listless
  • negligent
  • phlegmatic
  • ponderous
  • remiss
  • sleepy
  • slothful
  • slow-moving
  • snaillike
  • supine
  • tardy
  • torpid
  • tortoiselike
  • delay
  • idling
  • loafing
  • playing
  • poking
  • procrastination
  • toying
  • trifling
  • dabbling
  • delaying
  • dilly-dallying
  • frittering
  • frivoling
  • procrastinating

antonyms for loitering

MOST RELEVANT
  • diligent
  • eager
  • enthusiastic
  • hard-working
  • ready
  • zealous
  • active
  • complex
  • complicated
  • energetic
  • enthusiastic
  • intricate
  • lively
  • moving
  • busy
  • cognizant
  • fast
  • hurried
  • intelligent
  • on time
  • quick
  • rapid
  • ready
  • smart
  • waiting
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          How to use loitering in a sentence

          These minor offenses include encroachment, loitering, illegal lodging and other activities associated with being homeless.
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          In addition to the drone swarm and underwater robots, the exercise featured a human-portable loitering munition, a kind of semi-autonomous flying weapon that can receive orders from a human operator to attack a selected target.
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          We’re loitering up top when we see, rising from behind a knuckle of rock, the telltale dust cloud of our truck spinning its wheels.
          ON MOUNTAIN BIKES IN THE UTAH DESERT, A COLLEGE REUNION LIKE NO OTHERJOHN BRILEYNOVEMBER 20, 2020WASHINGTON POST
          They could not have been nicer, and they sent an officer by and presumably told the kids not to loiter in the parking lot, and the kids left the area.
          HINTS FROM HELOISE: A SAFE THANKSGIVING PROBABLY WON’T BE A TRADITIONAL ONEHELOISE HELOISENOVEMBER 12, 2020WASHINGTON POST
          Many officers concluded it wasn’t worth the hassle to arrest someone for relatively minor offenses, such as public disturbance or loitering, the former officer said.
          WHAT CAN MAYORS DO WHEN THE POLICE STOP DOING THEIR JOBS?BY ALEC MACGILLISSEPTEMBER 3, 2020PROPUBLICA
          They were slowing down at a station and there were no less than three picturesque looking young fellows loitering about the place.
          THE OUTDOOR GIRLS IN THE SADDLELAURA LEE HOPE
          Then off would roam Sally, perhaps loitering around fair Ingleside, or returning to her beloved pine woods and leafy oak-tree.
          MAID SALLYHARRIET A. CHEEVER
          She tried to drop behind; but the team had an infinite capacity for loitering.
          EARTH'S ENIGMASCHARLES G. D. ROBERTS
          He was a bird of affairs; he had too much on his mind for loitering.
          IN NESTING TIMEOLIVE THORNE MILLER
          She questioned a peasant who was loitering near the drawbridge.
          A GERMAN POMPADOURMARIE HAY
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          WORDS RELATED TO LOITERING

          • dabbling
          • delay
          • delaying
          • dilly-dallying
          • frittering
          • frivoling
          • idling
          • loafing
          • loitering
          • playing
          • poking
          • procrastinating
          • procrastination
          • toying
          • trifling
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