Translation of linger in Spanish:


quedarse (un rato), v.

Pronunciation /ˈlɪŋɡər//ˈlɪŋɡə/

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (delay leaving)
    quedarse (un rato)
    entretenerse (un rato)
    he lingered in the corridor se quedó / se entretuvo un rato en el pasillo
    • Don't linger in the doorway as it is considered rude.
    • He lingered there for a few seconds, just watching her, as she turned her back to him.
    • My gaze lingered there a moment longer watching Doug when he turned around and smiled.
    • She didn't linger at the back of the pharmacy.
    • He stared at her, his grey eyes lingering on her lips.
    • The camera lingers lovingly on the visage of David Beckham in the Manchester United dug-out.
    • His lips lingered there for a few seconds, not quite touching, not pulling away.
    • But it doesn't linger forever on past glories.
    • One last question lingered in my mind, and I had no reservations about blurting it out.
    • Apart from walking you to school, she even lingers around for you to change and walk you home.
    • We never have a scene linger beyond what is necessary to get the point across.
    • We lingered for a few minutes at merchant tents; Zane bought us both swords.
    • As one magical day follows another, the sun seems to linger longer over the yard arm.
    • I looked down between my boots, the smile still lingering on my lips.
    • We all have certain silly tunes that linger in our memory but defy identification.
    • Abby and Emily were lingering around my hallway, obviously waiting for me.
    • It's best if you can stay and linger in this World Heritage Area.
    • The camera lingers for a few seconds, and audiences let out a collective gasp.
    • The businessman only looked up when he felt a presence lingering in the doorway.
    • Women, children and an occasional man linger in doorways to catch the elusive breeze.
  • 2

    (smell/aftertaste) persistir
    (tradition) perdurar
    (tradition) sobrevivir
    she lingered in a coma for months su coma se prolongó durante varios meses
    • We see these types of trials linger on for years as a method to win the case.
    • The odour does linger on the breath; it even comes through the pores of the skin but, if we all ate garlic, it wouldn't matter.
    • Ireland will be the richer as the memories linger on, she told the thousands that had gathered.
    • Many bad habits will linger on and many good ones may disappear but at least the pattern will change a bit.
    • He shuts his phone and says my name softly and it lingers on his tongue.
    • Because of the lack of carbonation, the flavor seems nutty and lingers on the palate.
    • Questions lingered in my mind, but I was hesitant to ask them.
    • The stereotypes may seem rather weary, but they linger on because, well, because they're still there.
    • Six decades on, few of the legacies of the war and the independence of its former colony linger on.
    • The tea leaves add a unique fragrance to the tender ribs which lingers in the mouth.
    • Leaves had turned black, and an acrid smell lingered in the air.
    • You'll soon forget the bill, but the memory of the food will linger on.
    • The cost of the debt will linger on long after the World Cup has come and gone.
    • The suspicion lingered with him that someone was making a joke at his expense.
    • Even after my mom had finished baking cookies, the smell still lingered in the air when we walked inside.
    • The scent lingering in the hallway was less than comforting.
    • Even so, he had a troubling doubt that lingered and stayed with him when he considered his future.
    • I saw it in a magazine, and the vision lingered in my memory.
    • It may be more than four years ago now, but memories linger on.
    • He said it could linger on for a long time unless both sides were willing to make peace.
  • 3lingering present participle

    (doubts/memory) persistente
    (memory/doubts) que no desaparece
    (embrace/look) prolongado
    (illness) largo
    (illness) prolongado
    • The camera lingers over his body, reversing the gaze traditionally directed toward the nude female.
    • In France, diners eat in courses and linger over their lengthy meals.
    • Pictures of yourself as a chubby, wailing baby are likely to be quickly skipped over, while images of your nearest and dearest sporting the cutting-edge fashions of yesterday are worth lingering over.
    • Props to the restaurant for not pointedly bringing our check as we were lingering over desert or having them bring us basket after basket of bread to soak up every last drop of sauce from our various dishes.
    • Staying at the Decoplage apartment, they would wake early for breakfast at the Van Dyke Cafe, work out at Idol's Gym, and linger over a Cuban coffee before spending the day at the pool.
    • All that atmosphere means not to linger over the excellent coffee would be churlish.
    • If a customer lingers over a product, the cameras zoom in to record facial expressions.
    • Saturday morning is spent lingering over a massive three course breakfast (those tropical fruits make a fine salad, with just a dash of Cointreau to top up our levels).
    • It is a wonderful production that knows how to take its time, lingering over the ship board details rather than striving for nonstop action like most Hollywood blockbusters.
    • Unlike the cigarette smoker, who draws needily upon the commercially packaged weed, the pipe man takes things slowly, lingering over the rituals of cleaning, filling, tamping.
    • Perhaps you know the pub which does the most incredible Sunday lunches and whose staff won't mind if you spend all afternoon lingering over a roast and the papers.
    • As we were lingering over our desserts, Baklava and a Molten Chocolate Cake with the perfumed Cardamom and Rose ice cream, the chef, Mohamed, surprised us by joining us at our table with a bottle of wine that he kindly shared amongst us.
    • Call the French snooty, or just demanding, for their attention to good food, good wine, good atmosphere in their restaurants, for lingering over their meals.
    • Rigid chairs and bland decor did not encourage us to linger over coffee, mugged or otherwise.
    • He lingers over another ‘personal favourite, the forces of conservatism speech of 1999’.
    • To prove it, he lingers over the subtle details, no less carefully than the artist himself.
    • The evenings were spent lingering over fine wines and cognacs while gymnastic students modelled the latest in Brazilian swimwear.
    • I buy a few items and linger over coffee, observing the atmosphere.
    • Christmas is the time we linger over our meals longer than at any other.
    • If it weren't for the economic need for multiple games, I would take several hours over each hunt, lingering over the figures, letting the hunters scent them as they fall and detecting those that remain.
  • 4

    (take one's time)
    to linger on/over sth
    • to linger on a subject detenerse largo rato en un tema
    • he lingered on the phrase pronunció la frase muy lentamente
    • her eyes lingered on the child se quedó largo rato mirando al niño
    • they lingered over their coffee se entretuvieron tomando el café