[luhnj, lonj]


a long rope used to guide a horse during training or exercise.

verb (used with object), longed, longe·ing.

to train or exercise (a horse) by use of a longe.

Also lunge.

Origin of longe

< French, Old French: noun use of longe (adj.) < Latin longa, feminine of longus long1
Can be confusedlong longe lounge lunge


[lawng, long]

verb (used without object)

to have an earnest or strong desire or craving; yearn: to long for spring; to long to return home.

Origin of long

before 900; Middle English longen, Old English langian grow longer, yearn after, summon; see long1

Synonyms for long

See yearn.


[lawng, long]

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to be suitable or fitting.
Obsolete. to be the possession; belong.

Origin of long

1150–1200; Middle English longen to be suitable or proper, belong, derivative of long on account (of), attributable (to), dependent (on), Old English gelang belonging (to), dependent (on); see along
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Related Words for longed

yearn, aim, itch, hunger, wish, covet, pine, hanker, lust, thirst, want, sigh, aspire, ache, miss, suspire

Examples from the Web for longed

Contemporary Examples of longed

Historical Examples of longed

  • Then there would be jewels such as she had longed for, a portrait by Chartran, she thought.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She thought over it all day, and longed for the evening to come, when she might ask George about it.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • He was oppressed with his weariness, and he longed for peace and ease of mind to come to him.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • She longed to give it to Nimble Dick; he had saved her from so much this morning.

  • This was the vengeance for which she had longed, for which she had plotted, the vengeance she had at last achieved.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for longed



Crawford Williamson. 1815–78, US surgeon. He was the first to use ether as an anaesthetic



an older variant of lunge 2

Word Origin for longe

C17: via Old French from Latin longus long 1




having relatively great extent in space on a horizontal plane
having relatively great duration in time
  1. (postpositive)of a specified number of units in extent or durationthree hours long
  2. (in combination)a two-foot-long line
having or consisting of a relatively large number of items or partsa long list
having greater than the average or expected rangea long memory
being the longer or longest of alternativesthe long way to the bank
having more than the average or usual quantity, extent, or durationa long match
seeming to occupy a greater time than is really soshe spent a long afternoon waiting in the departure lounge
intense or thorough (esp in the phrase a long look)
(of drinks) containing a large quantity of nonalcoholic beverage
(of a garment) reaching to the wearer's ankles
informal (foll by on) plentifully supplied or endowed (with)long on good ideas
phonetics (of a speech sound, esp a vowel)
  1. of relatively considerable duration
  2. classified as long, as distinguished from the quality of other vowels
  3. (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels in such words as mate, mete, mite, moat, moot, and mute
from end to end; lengthwise
unlikely to win, happen, succeed, etca long chance
  1. denoting a vowel of relatively great duration or (esp in classical verse) followed by more than one consonant
  2. denoting a syllable containing such a vowel
  3. (in verse that is not quantitative) carrying the emphasis or ictus
finance having or characterized by large holdings of securities or commodities in anticipation of rising pricesa long position
cricket (of a fielding position) near the boundarylong leg
informal (of people) tall and slender
in the long run See run (def. 82)
long in the tooth informal old or ageing


for a certain time or periodhow long will it last?
for or during an extensive period of timelong into the next year
at a distant time; quite a bit of timelong before I met you; long ago
finance into a position with more security or commodity holdings than are required by sale contracts and therefore dependent on rising prices for profitto go long
as long as or so long as
  1. for or during just the length of time that
  2. inasmuch as; since
  3. provided that; if
no longer not any more; formerly but not now


a long time (esp in the phrase for long)
a relatively long thing, such as a signal in Morse code
a clothing size for tall people, esp in trousers
phonetics a long vowel or syllable
finance a person with large holdings of a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in its price; bull
music a note common in medieval music but now obsolete, having the time value of two breves
before long soon
the long and the short of it the essential points or facts
See also longs

Word Origin for long

Old English lang; related to Old High German lang, Old Norse langr, Latin longus




(intr; foll by for or an infinitive) to have a strong desire

Word Origin for long

Old English langian; related to long 1




(intr) archaic to belong, appertain, or be appropriate

Word Origin for long

Old English langian to belong, from gelang at hand, belonging to; compare along



abbreviation for

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Word Origin and History for longed



"that extends considerably from end to end," Old English lang "long," from Proto-Germanic *langgaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon lang, Old High German and German lang, Old Norse langr, Middle Dutch lanc, Dutch lang, Gothic laggs "long").

The Germanic words are perhaps from PIE *dlonghos- (cf. Latin longus, Old Persian darga-, Persian dirang, Sanskrit dirghah, Greek dolikhos "long," Greek endelekhes "perpetual," Latin indulgere "to indulge"), from root *del- "long."

The adverb is from Old English lange, longe, from the adjective. No longer "not as formerly" is from c.1300; to be not long for this world "soon to die" is from 1714.

The word illustrates the Old English tendency for short "a" to become short "o" before -n- (also retained in bond/band and West Midlands dialectal lond from land and hond from hand).

Long vowels (c.1000) originally were pronounced for an extended time. Sporting long ball is from 1744, originally in cricket. Long jump as a sporting event is attested from 1864. A ship's long-boat so called from 1510s. Long knives, name Native Americans gave to white settlers (originally in Virginia/Kentucky) is from 1774. Long in the tooth (1841 of persons) is from horses showing age by recession of gums. Long time no see, imitative of American Indian speech, is first recorded 1900. To be long on something, "have a lot" of it, is from 1900, American English slang.



Old English langian "to yearn after, grieve for," literally "to grow long, lengthen," from Proto-Germanic *langojanan (see long (adj.)). Cognate with Old Norse langa, Old Saxon langon, Middle Dutch langhen, Old High German langen "to long," German verlangen "to desire." Related: Longed; longing.

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longed in Medicine


[lông]Crawford Williamson 1815-1878

American surgeon and pioneer anesthetist who was among the first (1842) to use ether as an anesthetic.
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Idioms and Phrases with longed


In addition to the idioms beginning with long

  • long ago
  • long and short of it, the
  • long arm of the law, the
  • long face
  • long haul
  • long in the tooth
  • long shot, a
  • long suit
  • long time no see

also see:

  • as long as
  • at (long) last
  • before long
  • come a long way
  • (long) drawn out
  • go a long way toward
  • happy as the day is long
  • in the long run
  • make a long story short
  • so long

Also see underlonger.

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