long

1
[ lawng, long ]
/ lɔŋ, lɒŋ /

adjective, long·er [lawng-ger, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gər, ˈlɒŋ-/, long·est [lawng-gist, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gɪst, ˈlɒŋ-/.

noun

adverb


Nearby words

  1. lonely hearts,
  2. lonely-hearts,
  3. loner,
  4. lonesome,
  5. lonesomely,
  6. long abductor muscle of thumb,
  7. long account,
  8. long ago,
  9. long and short of it, the,
  10. long arm

Idioms

Origin of long

1
before 900; (adj.) Middle English longe, Old English lang, long; cognate with Dutch, German lang, Old Norse langr, Gothic langs, Latin longus; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (adv.) Middle English long(e), lange, Old English longe, lange, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German lango

SYNONYMS FOR long
1. lengthy, extensive. 2. protracted, prolonged, extended. 6. overlong, wordy, prolix; tedious, boring.

Related formslong·ly, adverblong·ness, noun

Can be confusedlong longe lounge lunge

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British Dictionary definitions for as long as

Long

/ (lɒŋ) /

noun

Crawford Williamson. 1815–78, US surgeon. He was the first to use ether as an anaesthetic

long

1
/ (lɒŋ) /

adjective

adverb

noun

See also longs

Word Origin for long

Old English lang; related to Old High German lang, Old Norse langr, Latin longus

long

2
/ (lɒŋ) /

verb

(intr; foll by for or an infinitive) to have a strong desire

Word Origin for long

Old English langian; related to long 1

long

3
/ (lɒŋ) /

verb

(intr) archaic to belong, appertain, or be appropriate

Word Origin for long

Old English langian to belong, from gelang at hand, belonging to; compare along

long

4

abbreviation for

longitude
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Word Origin and History for as long as
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for as long as

Long

[ lông ]
Crawford Williamson 1815-1878

American surgeon and pioneer anesthetist who was among the first (1842) to use ether as an anesthetic.

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Idioms and Phrases with as long as

as long as

1

For the period of time that, as in You may keep the book as long as you want, that is, keep it for whatever time you wish to. [Early 1400s]

2

Also, so long as. Since, because, as in Please pick up some milk as long as you are going to the store, or So long as you're here, you might as well stay for dinner.

3

Also, so long as; just so. Provided that, as in As long as you don't expect it by tomorrow, I'll make the drawing, or So long as sales are greater than returns, the company will make a profit, or You may have another cookie, just so you don't take the last one. [Early 1800s]

long

In addition to the idioms beginning with long

  • long ago
  • long and short of it, the
  • long arm of the law, the
  • long face
  • long haul
  • long in the tooth
  • long shot, a
  • long suit
  • long time no see

also see:

  • as long as
  • at (long) last
  • before long
  • come a long way
  • (long) drawn out
  • go a long way toward
  • happy as the day is long
  • in the long run
  • make a long story short
  • so long

Also see underlonger.

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