[ fawr-ev-er, fer- ]
/ fɔrˈɛv ər, fər- /


without ever ending; eternally: to last forever.
continually; incessantly; always: He's forever complaining.
lasting for an endless period of time: the process of finding a forever home for the dog.


an endless or seemingly endless period of time: It took them forever to make up their minds.

Idioms for forever

    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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for forever and a day

/ (fɔːˈrɛvə, fə-) /


Also: for ever without end; everlastingly; eternally
at all times; incessantly
informal for a very long timehe went on speaking forever


(as object) informal a very long timeit took him forever to reply
…forever! an exclamation expressing support or loyaltyScotland forever!

usage for 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

Idioms and Phrases with forever and a day

forever and a day


For a very long time, as in He's been working on that book forever and a day. This hyperbolic expression probably originated as a corruption of the now obsolete for ever and ay. Shakespeare used it in The Taming of the Shrew (4:4): “Farewell for ever and a day.” Today it is mainly a substitute for “very long time.” [c. 1600]


Incessantly, ceaselessly, as in Will this racket never end? It's been going on forever and a day. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

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