[liv-lawng, -long]


(of time) whole or entire, especially when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.: We picked apples the livelong day.

Nearby words

  1. livedo reticularis,
  2. livedoid,
  3. livedoid dermatitis,
  4. livelihood,
  5. livelily,
  6. lively,
  7. liven,
  8. livenza,
  9. liver,
  10. liver acinus

Origin of livelong

1350–1400; alteration (by association with live1) of earlier leeve long, Middle English leve longe dear long. See lief, long1

Can be confusedlifelong livelong Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for livelong


adjective mainly poetic

(of time) long or seemingly long, esp in a tedious way (esp in the phrase all the livelong day)
whole; entire


British another name for orpine
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Word Origin and History for livelong



also live-long, c.1400, lefe longe (day), from leve, lief "dear" (see lief), used here as an emotional intensive + long (adj). From late 16c. conformed in spelling to live (v.) as lief grew strange. German has cognate die liebe lange Nacht, literally "the dear long night."

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