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adjectiveSouthern, English Regional
Of a period of time or (occasionally) distance: long, especially inordinately or tediously so. Of an event or action: taking place over a long period of time.
adjectiveEnglish Regional, US, Midlands, Northern
Full of longing or desire.
Late 18th century. From long + -ful<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in Donald Mitchell (1822–1908). From long + -ful.
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