- 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.
- forever and a day, eternally; always: They pledged to love each other forever and a day.
Origin of forever
Related Words for forever and a daylate, lengthy, slow, protracted, durable, perpetual, long-lasting, enduring, stable, prolonged, delayed, sustained, dragging, diffuse, lingering, invariable, set, everlasting, perennial, infinity
- 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!
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]