livelong

adjective
live·​long | \ ˈliv-ˌlȯŋ How to pronounce livelong (audio) \

Definition of livelong

: whole, entire the livelong day

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"I've been workin' on the railroad, all the livelong day." So goes the American folk standard, and nowadays when we encounter the word livelong, it is typically in the phrase "all the livelong day" or something similar. Although we don't see livelong much in prose anymore, poets still love the word, possibly for its two distinct, alliterative syllables. Despite the resemblance, livelong does not mean the same thing as lifelong (as in "a lifelong friend"). In fact, the words are not closely related: the live in livelong derives from lef, a Middle English word meaning "dear or beloved."

First Known Use of livelong

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for livelong

Middle English lef long, from lef dear + long — more at lief

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“Livelong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/livelong. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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livelong

adjective
live·​long | \ ˈliv-ˌlȯng How to pronounce livelong (audio) \

Kids Definition of livelong

: during all of We worked the livelong day.

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