livelong

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adjective live·long \ˈliv-ˌlȯŋ\

Definition of livelong

  1. :  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."

Origin and Etymology of livelong

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



LIVELONG Defined for Kids

livelong

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adjective live·long \ˈliv-ˌlȯng\

Definition of livelong for Students

  1. :  during all of We worked the livelong day.



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