forever

[fawr-ev-er, fer-]
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adverb
  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.
noun
  1. an endless or seemingly endless period of time: It took them forever to make up their minds.
Idioms
  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
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British Dictionary definitions for forever and a day

forever

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

usage

Forever and for ever can both be used to say that something is without end. For all other meanings, forever is the preferred form
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Word Origin and History for forever and a day

forever

adv.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with forever and a day

forever and a day

1

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]

2

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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