live·long | \ ˈliv-ˌlȯŋ \

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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(all) the livelong day

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The first known use of livelong was in the 15th century

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live·long | \ ˈliv-ˌlȯng \

Kids Definition of livelong

: during all of We worked the livelong day.

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