long

1
[ lawng, long ]
/ lɔŋ, lɒŋ /

adjective, long·er [lawng-ger, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gər, ˈlɒŋ-/, long·est [lawng-gist, long-] /ˈlɔŋ gɪst, ˈlɒŋ-/.

noun

adverb

Idioms for long

Origin of long

1
before 900; (adj.) Middle English longe, Old English lang, long; cognate with Dutch, German lang, Old Norse langr, Gothic langs, Latin longus; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the adj.; (adv.) Middle English long(e), lange, Old English longe, lange, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German lango

SYNONYMS FOR long

2 protracted, prolonged, extended.
6 overlong, wordy, prolix; tedious, boring.

OTHER WORDS FROM long

long·ly, adverblong·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH long

long longe lounge lunge

Definition for longs (2 of 3)

long2
[ lawng, long ]
/ lɔŋ, lɒŋ /

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

2
before 900; Middle English longen, Old English langian grow longer, yearn after, summon; see long1

SYNONYMS FOR long

See yearn.

Definition for longs (3 of 3)

long3
[ lawng, long ]
/ lɔŋ, lɒŋ /

verb (used without object)

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

Origin of long

3
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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British Dictionary definitions for longs (1 of 6)

longs
/ (lɒŋz) /

pl n

full-length trousers
long-dated gilt-edged securities
finance unsold securities or commodities held in anticipation of rising prices

British Dictionary definitions for longs (2 of 6)

Long
/ (lɒŋ) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for longs (3 of 6)

long1
/ (lɒŋ) /

adjective

adverb

noun

See also longs

Word Origin for long

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

British Dictionary definitions for longs (4 of 6)

long2
/ (lɒŋ) /

verb

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

Word Origin for long

Old English langian; related to long 1

British Dictionary definitions for longs (5 of 6)

long3
/ (lɒŋ) /

verb

(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

British Dictionary definitions for longs (6 of 6)

long4

abbreviation for

longitude
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Medicine definitions for longs

Long
[ 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 longs

long

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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