Ligger vs Linger - What's the difference?

ligger | linger |


As a noun ligger

is the horizontal timber of a scaffolding; a ledger or ligger can be (slang) a freeloader or hanger-on, especially in the music industry or ligger can be a baited line attached to a float, for night fishing.

As a verb linger is

to stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.

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ligger

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . See (l).

Noun

(en noun)
  • The horizontal timber of a scaffolding; a ledger.
  • A nether millstone.
  • Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (slang) A freeloader or hanger-on, especially in the music industry.
  • * Peaches Geldof may be a top showbiz ligger – but now she’s got a group of her own.'' – "Peaches gets own band", ''The Sun , 29 Aug 2006
  • * The ligger caused a scene when he begged one reveller to find him some gear – and offered sexual favours in return.'' – "Wicked Whispers", ''The Mirror , 29 Jan 2005
  • Etymology 3

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A baited line attached to a float, for night fishing.
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    linger

    English

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.
  • * 1859 , , A Tale of Two Cities , ch. 15:
  • His tone lingered in the air, almost like the tone of a musical instrument.
  • * 1891 , , "Mrs. Manstey's View":
  • She lingered in the window.
  • * 2011 April 25, Alice Park, " Upgrading the Disaster," Time :
  • It takes into account . . . predictions of how long radioactive contaminants will linger in the soil and water near the nuclear facility.
  • To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.
  • * 1887 , , The Woodlanders , ch. 14:
  • He lingered through the day, and died that evening as the sun went down.
  • * 1904 , , "Asmund and Signy" in The Brown Fairy Book :
  • During his absence the queen fell ill, and after lingering for some time she died.
  • (often followed by on) To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytical thinking or discussion.
  • * 2011 April 14, Michael Scherer, " Trump's Political Reality Show: Will the Donald Really Run for President?," Time :
  • Trump doesn't linger on the poll.

    Derived terms

    * lingerer * linger on