Advertisement

livelong (adj.)

also live-long, of a period of time, "long, whole" c. 1400, lefe longe (day or night), from leve, lief "dear" (see lief), used here as an emotional intensive + long (adj.). From late 16c. conformed in spelling and pronunciation to live (v.) as lief grew strange. German has cognate die liebe lange (Nacht), etc., literally "the dear long (night)."

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of livelong from WordNet
1
livelong (n.)
perennial northern temperate plant with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers;
Synonyms: orpine / orpin / live-forever / Sedum telephium
2
livelong (adj.)
(of time) constituting the full extent or duration;
all the livelong day
From wordnet.princeton.edu