[ liv-lawng, -long ]
/ ˈlɪvˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ /


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

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 confused

lifelong livelong Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for livelong


/ (ˈlɪvˌlɒŋ) /

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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