loi·ter /'lȯi-tər/ vi: to remain in or hang around an area for no obvious purpose; specif: to linger aimlessly for the purpose of committing a crime
a statute forbidding any person from loiter ing on school grounds

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb be idle, be vagrant, cessare, hang around, idle, linger, move aimlessly, pass time in idleness, poke, stand around, tarry, wander aimlessly associated concepts: vagrancy II index delay, pause, procrastinate, prowl

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To stand around idly; to move slowly and purposelessly.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To linger or hang around in a public place with no purpose. Many states and cities have laws that prohibit loitering.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   to linger or hang around in a public place or business where one has no particular or legal purpose. In many states, cities and towns there are statutes or ordinances against loitering by which the police can arrest someone who refuses to "move along." There is a question as to whether such laws are constitutional. However, there is often another criminal statute or ordinance which can be applied specifically to control aggressive begging, soliciting prostitution, drug dealing, blocking entries to stores, public drunkenness or being a public nuisance.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Loiter — Loi ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Loitered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Loitering}.] [D. leuteren to delay, loiter; cf; Prov. G. lottern to be louse, lotter louse, slack, unsettled, vagrant, OHG. lotar.] 1. To be slow in moving; to delay; to linger; to be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loiter — ► VERB ▪ stand around or move without apparent purpose. ● loiter with intent Cf. ↑loiter with intent DERIVATIVES loiterer noun. ORIGIN perhaps from Dutch loteren wag about …   English terms dictionary

  • loiter — [loit′ər] vi. [ME loitren < MDu loteren (Du leuteren, to dawdle), akin to OE loddere, beggar < IE base * (s)leu , to hang loosely > SLEET, SLUR] 1. to linger in an aimless way; spend time idly: often with about 2. to walk or move slowly… …   English World dictionary

  • Loiter — may refer to: * loiter (flight) * Loitering …   Wikipedia

  • loiter — (v.) early 15c., idle one s time, dawdle over work, from M.Du. loteren be loose or erratic, shake, totter like a loose tooth or a sail in a storm; in modern Dutch, leuteren to delay, linger, loiter over one s work. Probably cognate with O.E.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • loiter — dawdle, lag, procrastinate, *delay Analogous words: tarry, linger, wait (see STAY) Contrasted words: hasten, hurry (see SPEED vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • loiter — [v] hang around; stroll amble, dabble, dally*, dawdle, delay, diddle, drag, flag, fritter away, get no place fast*, halt, hover, idle, lag, linger, loaf, loll, lounge, pass time, pause, poke, procrastinate, put off, ramble, saunter, shamble,… …   New thesaurus

  • loiter — loiterer, n. loiteringly, adv. /loy teuhr/, v.i. 1. to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place: to loiter around the bus terminal. 2. to move in a slow, idle manner, making purposeless stops in the course of a trip, journey, errand …   Universalium

  • loiter — loi•ter [[t]ˈlɔɪ tər[/t]] v. i. 1) to linger aimlessly or as if aimlessly in or about a place 2) to move in a slow, idle manner 3) to waste time or dawdle over work 4) to pass (time) in an idle or aimless manner (usu. fol. by away): to loiter… …   From formal English to slang

  • loiter — verb 1) he loitered at bus stops Syn: linger, wait, skulk; loaf, lounge, idle, laze, waste time, lollygag; informal hang around; archaic tarry 2) they loitered along the river bank Syn: dawdle, dally …   Thesaurus of popular words

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