adjective, long·er [lawng-ger, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gər, ˈlɒŋ-/, long·est [lawng-gist, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gɪst, ˈlɒŋ-/.
- lasting a relatively long time: “Feed” has a longer sound than “feet” or “fit.”
- belonging to a class of sounds considered as usually longer in duration than another class, as the vowel of bought as compared to that of but, and in many languages serving as a distinctive feature of phonemes, as the ah in German Bahn in contrast with the a in Bann, or the tt in Italian fatto in contrast with the t in fato (opposed to short).
- having the sound of the English vowels in mate, meet, mite, mote, moot, and mute, historically descended from vowels that were long in duration.
- marked by a large difference in the numbers of the given betting ratio or in the amounts wagered: long odds.
- of or relating to the larger amount bet.
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Idioms for long
- provided that: As long as you can come by six, I'll be here.
- seeing that; since: As long as you're going to the grocery anyway, buy me a pint of ice cream.
- Also so long as. during the time that; through the period that: As long as we were neighbors, they never invited us inside their house.
Origin of long1
OTHER WORDS FROM longlong·ly, adverblong·ness, noun
Words nearby long
Example sentences from the Web for longer
The atmosphere on campuses has gotten repressive enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.
Inevitably, the old visceral “hands-on” flying skills, no longer much employed by pilots, have atrophied like an unused limb.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One was a Quaker school, whose name he can no longer recall, in upstate New York.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is about no longer accepting that—as so many others have stated—a family would rather have a dead son than a living daughter.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With enough changing of the influenza RNA over time, the vaccine no longer provokes the “right” immune response.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I won't trespass, he may be very sure of that, and I won't stay in the neighbourhood any longer than I can help.Mitchelhurst Place, Vol. I (of 2)|Margaret Veley
"I will not detain you longer than is absolutely necessary," the other replied.A Cabinet Secret|Guy Boothby
The bank notes no longer crinkled when he walked; they had taken the contour of his hairy chest.A Village of Vagabonds|F. Berkeley Smith
My mind is interested all the day; I no longer feel listlessness; the time never hangs heavy upon my hands.The Last Penny and Other Stories|T. S. Arthur
There are moments when I no longer know what I say; you must not pay attention to it.The Princess of Bagdad|Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for longer (1 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for longer (2 of 5)
- (postpositive) of a specified number of units in extent or durationthree hours long
- (in combination)a two-foot-long line
- of relatively considerable duration
- classified as long, as distinguished from the quality of other vowels
- (in popular usage) denoting the qualities of the five English vowels in such words as mate, mete, mite, moat, moot, and mute
- denoting a vowel of relatively great duration or (esp in classical verse) followed by more than one consonant
- denoting a syllable containing such a vowel
- (in verse that is not quantitative) carrying the emphasis or ictus
- for or during just the length of time that
- inasmuch as; since
- provided that; if
Word Origin for long
British Dictionary definitions for longer (3 of 5)
Word Origin for long
British Dictionary definitions for longer (4 of 5)
Word Origin for long
British Dictionary definitions for longer (5 of 5)
Medical definitions for longer
Idioms and Phrases with longer (1 of 2)
see any longer; no longer.
Idioms and Phrases with longer (2 of 2)
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
- 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.