long s

or long ess

[ es ]

  1. a style of the letter s, suggesting a lowercase f in form, formerly common in handwriting and as a type character.

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How to use long s in a sentence

  • He's to foreclose that mortgage and longs to own that one field of ours just to complete the shape of his farm.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • She was thrown from Short and Longs bobsled one night and had to be helped home.

  • Gradually the desire for the romantic increases until the novel-reader longs to have a romance of her own.

  • One rather shrinks from that kind of thing when one is not used to it, and longs to do something to disturb it.

    The Gold Trail | Harold Bindloss
  • The Adagio is very fine in its way, but such is its cloying sweetness that one longs for something bracing and active.

British Dictionary definitions for longs (1 of 2)


/ (lɒŋz) /

pl n
  1. full-length trousers

  2. long-dated gilt-edged securities

  1. finance unsold securities or commodities held in anticipation of rising prices

British Dictionary definitions for long s (2 of 2)

long s

  1. a lower-case s, printed ʃ, formerly used in handwriting and printing: Also called: long ess

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