[ lawng-suhf-er-ing, -suhf-ring, long- ]
/ ˈlɔŋˈsʌf ər ɪŋ, -ˈsʌf rɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ- /


enduring injury, trouble, or provocation long and patiently.


long and patient endurance of injury, trouble, or provocation: years of long-suffering and illness.

Nearby words

  1. long-running,
  2. long-sighted,
  3. long-standing,
  4. long-stemmed,
  5. long-sufferance,
  6. long-tailed cuckoo,
  7. long-tailed tit,
  8. long-term,
  9. long-term memory,
  10. long-termism

Origin of long-suffering

First recorded in 1520–30

Related formslong-suf·fer·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for longsuffering



enduring pain, unhappiness, etc, without complaint

noun Also: long-sufferance

long and patient endurance
Derived Formslong-sufferingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for longsuffering


also longsuffering, 1520s (n.), 1530s (adj.), from long (adj.) + suffering (see suffer). Old English had langmodig in this sense.

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