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Definition of Linger


  1. To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
  2. To protract; to draw out.
  3. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out; as, to linger out one's days on a sick bed.

Linger Quotations

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.
George Whitefield

Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given, but they can linger with us over the years.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Your sweetheart calls you by another's name. His eyes linger too long on your best friend. He talks with excitement about a girl at work. And the fire catches. Jealousy - that sickening combination of possessiveness, suspicion, rage, and humiliation - can overtake your mind and threaten your very core as you contemplate your rival.
Helen Fisher

Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?
Clara Schumann

Beauty does not linger; it only visits. Yet beauty's visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm; it calls us to feel, think and act beautifully in the world: to create and live a life that awakens the Beautiful. A life without delight is only half a life.
John O'Donohue
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Linger Translations

linger in French is se prolonger
linger in German is sich hinziehen, verweilen
linger in Latin is commoror, demoror
linger in Spanish is demorarse
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