[ ev-er-las-ting, -lah-sting ]
/ ˌɛv ərˈlæs tɪŋ, -ˈlɑ stɪŋ /


lasting forever; eternal: everlasting future life.
lasting or continuing for an indefinitely long time: the everlasting hills.
incessant; constantly recurring: He is plagued by everlasting attacks of influenza.
wearisome; tedious: She tired of his everlasting puns.


Nearby words

  1. evergreen fund,
  2. evergreen magnolia,
  3. evergreen oak,
  4. evergreen park,
  5. evergreen state,
  6. everlasting pea,
  7. everly brothers,
  8. evermore,
  9. evernet,
  10. evers

Origin of everlasting

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at ever, lasting

Related formsev·er·last·ing·ly, adverbev·er·last·ing·ness, nounqua·si-ev·er·last·ing, adjectivequa·si-ev·er·last·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for everlasting


/ (ˌɛvəˈlɑːstɪŋ) /


never coming to an end; eternal
lasting for an indefinitely long period
lasting so long or occurring so often as to become tedious; incessantI cannot bear her everlasting complaints


endless duration; eternity
Also called: everlasting flower another name for immortelle See also cat's-foot
Derived Formseverlastingly, adverbeverlastingness, noun

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Word Origin and History for everlasting


early 13c., from ever + lasting. Related: Everlastingly.

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