|Origin:||leng 'to lengthen, delay' (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan|
1 also linger on
to continue to exist, be noticeable etc for longer than is usual or desirable:
a taste that lingers in your mouth
Unfortunately the tax will linger on until April.
2 also linger on
to stay somewhere a little longer, especially because you do not want to leave
They lingered over coffee and missed the last bus.
I spent a week at Kandersteg and could happily have lingered on.
3 [always + adverb/preposition]
to continue looking at or dealing with something for longer than is usual or desirable
Mike let his eyes linger on her face.
There's no need to linger over this stage of the interview.
4 also linger on
to continue to live although you are slowly dying:
He surprised all the doctors by lingering on for several weeks.