One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a period of time) entire.‘all this livelong day I lay in the sun’
entire, whole, total, complete, full, longView synonyms
- ‘Late in the day, I came to realise I'd not seen another living soul, apart from Dolly, the livelong day.’
- ‘This canine workaholic was originally conceived to toil the livelong day in blazing heat or frigid cold in Australia's back of beyond, also known as the outback.’
- ‘I love having no idea what time it is, all the livelong day.’
- ‘Why should your beloved canine doppelgänger be restricted to a life of culinary and sartorial monotony while you dine out, groom obsessively, and gussy yourself up all the livelong day?’
- ‘Hell, viruses could replicate all the livelong day inside the run-down motel that is my body as long as they didn't produce any symptoms.’
Late Middle English leve longe ‘dear long’ (see lief, long). The change in spelling of the first word was due to association with live.
A stonecrop plant, especially orpine.
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