Hover – meaning of the word and examples

To stay in one place in the air, usually by moving the wings quickly. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To stand somewhere, especially near another person, eagerly or nervously waiting for their attention. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To stay at or near a particular level. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To put the cursor on a computer screen in a particular place without clicking on it. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To hover means to stay in the same position in the air without moving forwards or backwards. Many birds and insects can hover by moving their wings very quickly. (Collins Dictionary)

If you hover, you stay in one place and move slightly in a nervous way, for example because you cannot decide what to do. (Collins Dictionary)

Remain in one place in the air. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Remain poised uncertainly in one place or between two states. (Oxford Dictionary)

Linger close at hand, especially in a hesitant or uncertain manner. (Oxford Dictionaries)

Remain at or near a particular level. (Oxford Dictionaries)


A group of kids hovered over the latest electronic games from Asia. (John Grisham – The Runaway Jury)

Hover hand. The Hangover edition. Imgur.



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