Loiter Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Loiter, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Loiter?

(v) Loiter is the action by which a person hang around a public place without any definite purpose, duty or other requirements with an intention to spend time or expecting of anything unexpected. Many statues prohibits loitering as a public nuisance.

History and Meaning of Loiter

The term "loiter" has been used for centuries to refer to the act of lingering or standing idly in a public space without any apparent purpose. The exact origins of the term are uncertain, but it has been used in legal contexts since at least the 19th century to prohibit certain types of behavior in public places. Loitering is often seen as a public nuisance and can be subject to legal penalties.

Examples of Loiter

  1. The security guard spoke to the group of teenagers who were loitering outside of the convenience store.
  2. The city council passed an ordinance prohibiting loitering in the park after dark.
  3. The police officer asked the man to move along and not loiter outside of the bank.
  4. The store owner was concerned about loiterers scaring away customers.
  5. The sign outside of the library warned against loitering on the premises.

Legal Terms Similar to Loiter

  1. Trespassing - entering onto someone else's property without permission.
  2. Vagrancy - the state of being without a home or regular employment.
  3. Disorderly Conduct - behavior that can disturb the peace and order of a community.
  4. Public Nuisance - an act or condition that interferes with the use or enjoyment of a public place.
  5. Panhandling - asking for money or goods in a public place.