"for too long a time," late 14c., from over- + long (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for over-long

Historical Examples of over-long

  • The danger of over-long delay is well exemplified in the sad case of young Coventry Patmore.

    And Even Now

    Max Beerbohm

  • A whole system of nosology exists in some minds due to an over-long prepuce.


    James J. Walsh

  • And then one day the new port palled, like a book one has read too often, or a picture one has looked at over-long.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne

  • Then Devonham, still standing over his Chief, let out the storm that had accumulated in him over-long.

    The Bright Messenger

    Algernon Blackwood

  • Unseemly altercations have summoned me to the kitchen, and I return to close this over-long chronicle.

    Le Petit Nord

    Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding