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[liv-lawng, -long] /ˈlɪvˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
(of time) whole or entire, especially when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.:
We picked apples the livelong day.
Origin of livelong
1350-1400; alteration (by association with live1) of earlier leeve long, Middle English leve longe dear long. See lief, long1
Can be confused
lifelong, livelong. Unabridged
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  • And if you keep your eyes well open, there's not a minute of the livelong day when you mayn't see one.

    My Friend Prospero Henry Harland
  • No one had bought any of them the livelong day—no one had given her a single penny.

    Favorite Fairy Tales Logan Marshall
  • Thus mated and happy—amidst bright flowers and sweet perfumes, loving the livelong day—loving through all their lives!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • I heard the animals howling away the livelong night in the distance.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • We knew him by his uncertain gait; and when drunk he never failed to prevent us from sleeping the livelong night.

    Six Women and the Invasion Gabrielle Yerta
  • And oh, what a vale of tears is that village of Langhurst the livelong night!

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • The livelong day this man did spend Over the body of our friend.

    Literary Fables of Yriarte Tomas de Iriarte
  • She paced the room with it the livelong night, hushing it and soothing it.

  • In vain she waited the livelong night; no Dermot came back to her.

    The Heir of Kilfinnan W.H.G. Kingston
  • It rained and drizzled and gleamed by turns, the livelong day.

    The Maine Woods Henry David Thoreau
British Dictionary definitions for livelong


adjective (mainly poetic)
(of time) long or seemingly long, esp in a tedious way (esp in the phrase all the livelong day)
whole; entire
(Brit) another name for orpine
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Word Origin and History for livelong

also live-long, c.1400, lefe longe (day), from leve, lief "dear" (see lief), used here as an emotional intensive + long (adj). From late 16c. conformed in spelling to live (v.) as lief grew strange. German has cognate die liebe lange Nacht, literally "the dear long night."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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