[fawr-ev-er, fer-]
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  1. without ever ending; eternally: to last forever.
  2. continually; incessantly; always: He's forever complaining.
  3. lasting for an endless period of time: the process of finding a forever home for the dog.
  1. an endless or seemingly endless period of time: It took them forever to make up their minds.
  1. forever and a day, eternally; always: They pledged to love each other forever and a day.

Origin of forever

First recorded in 1300–50; orig. phrase for ever Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for forever

Contemporary Examples of forever

Historical Examples of forever

  • Still there was no check in the Black's gallop; he was like a devil that could go on forever and ever.


    W. A. Fraser

  • It was not within the laws of fate that they should go on forever and ever having bad luck.


    W. A. Fraser

  • On his table was the dust of solitariness; and with his finger he wrote in it "Forever."


    W. A. Fraser

  • They were all fixed, forever, in the look and attitude of that moment!

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • We couldn't ever git away from them at this gait, and I couldn't hold on forever.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for forever


  1. Also: for ever without end; everlastingly; eternally
  2. at all times; incessantly
  3. informal for a very long timehe went on speaking forever
  1. (as object) informal a very long timeit took him forever to reply
  2. …forever! an exclamation expressing support or loyaltyScotland forever!


Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for forever

late 14c., for ever; from for + ever. One word from late 17c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper