livelong also live-long, c.1400, lefe longe (day), from leve, lief "dear" (see LIEF (Cf. lief)), used here as an emotional intensive + LONG (Cf. long) (adj). From late 16c. conformed in spelling to live (v.) as lief grew strange. German has cognate die liebe lange Nacht, lit. "the dear long night."

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  • Livelong — Live long , a. [For lifelong. Cf. {Lifelong}.] 1. Whole; entire; long in passing; used of time, as day or night, in adverbial phrases, and usually with a sense of tediousness. [1913 Webster] The obscure bird Clamored the livelong night. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • livelong — ► ADJECTIVE literary ▪ (of a period of time) entire: all this livelong day …   English terms dictionary

  • livelong — [liv′lôŋ΄] adj. [ME lefe longe, lit., lief long (see LIEF): the first word is merely intens.: altered by assoc. with LIVE1] whole; entire [the livelong day] …   English World dictionary

  • livelong — lifelong, livelong Lifelong (19c) is a combination of life and long, and means ‘lasting or continuing for a lifetime’ (his lifelong companion). Livelong, pronounced liv long, is a much older word (15c) and is a combination of lief, meaning ‘dear …   Modern English usage

  • livelong — adjective Etymology: Middle English lef long, from lef dear + long more at lief Date: 15th century whole, entire < the livelong day > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • livelong — /liv lawng , long /, adj. (of time) whole or entire, esp. when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.: We picked apples the livelong day. [1350 1400; alter. (by assoc. with LIVE1) of earlier leeve long, ME leve longe dear long. See LIEF, LONG1] *… …   Universalium

  • livelong — 1. adjective total, complete, whole Ive been workin on the railroad, all the livelong day. 2. noun the orpine, Sedum telephium …   Wiktionary

  • livelong — live|long [ˈlıvlɔŋ US lo:ŋ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: lief dear (11 19 centuries) (from Old English leof) (influenced by LIVE1) + long] all the livelong day old fashioned a phrase meaning all day , used when this seems like a long time to you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • livelong — live|long [ lıv,lɔŋ ] adjective all the livelong day MAINLY LITERARY used for emphasizing how long a period of time seems to last …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • livelong — livelong1 [ lɪvlɒŋ] adjective literary (of a period of time) entire: all this livelong day. Origin ME leve longe dear long (see lief, long1), assoc. with live1. livelong2 [ lɪvlɒŋ] noun …   English new terms dictionary

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