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[end-lawng, -long]
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adverb Archaic.
  1. lengthwise.
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Origin of endlong

1175–1225; Middle English endelong; replacing Old English andlong along
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Historical Examples

  • The hero goes "overthwart and endlong," just like the figures whom all readers know in Malory, and some in his originals.

    Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860

    George Saintsbury

  • De Lancre concludes his description of the dances (see above, p. 131) by an account of an 'endlong' dance.

  • But Sir Launcelot rode overthwart and endlong in a wild forest, and held no path but as wild adventure led him.

  • And last, between the endlong beams I stretched Stout thongs of ox-hide, dipped in purple dye.

  • A sigh sent wrong, A kiss that goes astray, A sorrow the years endlong— So they say.

    Hawthorn and Lavender

    William Ernest Henley

British Dictionary definitions for endlong


  1. archaic lengthways or on end
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Word Origin and History for endlong


Old English andlang "from end to end, lengthwise" (see along) with Middle English substitution of ende (see end (n.)) for first element. Meaning "at full length, horizontally" is from early 15c. In Middle English frequently paired with overthwart and together meaning "lengthwise and crosswise," hence "in all directions." As a preposition c.1200. see along.

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