lin‧ger‧ing [usually before noun]
lingering doubts/suspicions etc
Any lingering hopes of winning the title soon disappeared.
Mr Wilkins suffered a lingering death.
the lingering aroma of chocolate
—lingeringly adverbWORD FOCUS: long
continuing for a long time: lengthy
continuing for much too long: interminable, marathon, endless, long-winded, long-drawn-out, protracted
continuing for a long time and not changing: permanent, lasting, lifelong
when feelings last for a long time: lingering, abiding, enduring, lasting
➔ See also long