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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English long, lang, from Old English long, lang (long, tall, lasting), from Proto-Germanic *langaz (long), from Proto-Indo-European *dl̥h₁gʰós (long). Cognate with Scots lang (long), North Frisian long, lung (long), Saterland Frisian loang (long), West Frisian lang (long), Dutch lang (long), German lang (long), Swedish lång (long), Icelandic langur (long), Galician longo (long), Latin longus (long), Ancient Greek δολιχός (dolikhós), Russian долгий (dólgij), длинный (dlinnyj).

Adjective[edit]

long (comparative longer, superlative longest)

  1. Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point (usually applies to horizontal dimensions; see Usage Notes below).
    It's a long way from the Earth to the Moon.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      We expressed our readiness, and in ten minutes were in the station wagon, rolling rapidly down the long drive, for it was then after nine. We passed on the way the van of the guests from Asquith.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. […]. He was not a mongol but there was a deficiency of a sort there, and it was not made more pretty by a latter-day hair cut which involved eccentrically long elf-locks and oiled black curls.
  2. Having great duration.
    The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a long time.
    • 2013 July 20, “Out of the gloom”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8845: 
      [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.
  3. Seemingly lasting a lot of time, because it is boring or tedious or tiring.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, Chapter 23
      What I suffered with that rein for four long months in my lady's carriage, it would be hard to describe, but I am quite sure that, had it lasted much longer, either my health or my temper would have given way.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town. I was completely mystified at such an unusual proceeding.
  4. (UK, dialect) Not short; tall.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, ch.1:
      The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  5. (finance) Possessing or owning stocks, bonds, commodities or other financial instruments with the aim of benefiting of the expected rise in their value.
    I'm long in DuPont;  I have a long position in DuPont.
  6. (cricket) Of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position).
  7. (tennis, of a ball or a shot) That land beyond the baseline (and therefore is out).
    No! That forehand is long [] .
  8. (obsolete) Occurring or coming after an extended interval; distant in time; far away.
    • Edmund Spenser (c.1552–1599)
      That we may us reserve both fresh and strong / Against the tournament, which is not long.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Wide is usually used instead of long when referring to a horizontal dimension (left to right).
  • Tall or high are usually used instead of long when referring to positive vertical dimension (upwards), and deep when referring to negative vertical dimension (downwards).
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  • (having much distance from one point to another): low (vertically upwards), shallow (vertically upwards or downwards), short
  • (having great duration): brief, short
  • (finance): short
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Adverb[edit]

long (comparative longer, superlative longest)

  1. Over a great distance in space.
    He threw the ball long.
  2. For a particular duration.
    How long is it until the next bus arrives?
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, […]. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral—or are even selected against—in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
  3. For a long duration.
    Will this interview take long?
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Hamlet i 3
      I stay too long: but here my father comes.
    • 1922, Michael Arlen, “Ep./4/2”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days:
      The world was awake to the 2nd of May, but Mayfair is not the world, and even the menials of Mayfair lie long abed.
    • 1991, James Melvin Washington editor, A testament of hope: the essential writings and speeches of Martin Luther King, page 636:
      I answer by saying that I have worked too long and hard now against segregated public accommodations to end up segregating my moral concern.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (over a great distance): a long way, far
  • (for a long duration): a long time
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Noun[edit]

long (plural longs)

  1. (linguistics) A long vowel.
  2. (programming) A long integer variable, twice the size of an int or a short and half of a long long.
    A long is typically 64 bits in a 32-bit environment.
  3. (finance) An entity with a long position in an asset.
    Every uptick made the longs cheer.
  4. (music) A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve.

Verb[edit]

long (third-person singular simple present longs, present participle longing, simple past and past participle longed)

  1. (transitive, finance) To take a long position in.
    • 2004, Thomas S. Y. Ho; Sang Bin Lee, Sang-bin Yi, The Oxford Guide to Financial Modeling, page 84:
      The left panel shows the profile of a portfolio consisting of longing a call and shorting a put.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English longen, from Old English langian (to long for, yearn after, grieve for, be pained, lengthen, grow longer, summon, belong), from Proto-Germanic *langōną (to desire, long for), from Proto-Indo-European *dl̥h₁gʰós (long). Cognate with German langen (to reach, be sufficient), Swedish langa (to push, pass by hand), Icelandic langa (to want, desire), Dutch and German verlangen (to desire, want, long for).

Verb[edit]

long (third-person singular simple present longs, present participle longing, simple past and past participle longed)

  1. (intransitive) To await, to aspire, to desire greatly (something to occur or to be true)
    She longed for him to come back.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      The Rabbit sighed. He thought it would be a long time before this magic called Real happened to him. He longed to become Real, to know what it felt like; and yet the idea of growing shabby and losing his eyes and whiskers was rather sad.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Aphetic form of Old English gelang; the verb later reinterpreted as an aphetic form of belong.

Adjective[edit]

long (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) On account of, because of.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.8:
      I am of opinion that in regard of these debauches and lewd actions, fathers may, in some sort, be blamed, and that it is only long of them.

Verb[edit]

long (third-person singular simple present longs, present participle longing, simple past and past participle longed)

  1. (archaic) To be appropriate to, to pertain or belong to.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      A goodly Armour, and full rich aray, / Which long'd to Angela, the Saxon Queene, / All fretted round with gold, and goodly wel beseene.
    • about 1591, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, IV, 4:
      Tis well, and hold your owne in any case / With such austeritie as longeth to a father.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch, from Proto-Germanic *lungw- (the light organ), from Proto-Indo-European *lengʷʰ- (light, agile, nimble). Compare West Frisian long, German Lunge, English lung, Danish lunge, Swedish lunga, Icelandic lunga.

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Noun[edit]

long c (plural longen, diminutive longetje n)

  1. (anatomy) lung

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French long, from longe, longue, feminine of lonc, lunc, from Latin longus, from Proto-Indo-European *dl̥h₁gʰós (long).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

long m (feminine longue, masculine plural longs, feminine plural longues)

  1. long

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Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish long.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

long f (genitive loinge, nominative plural longa)

  1. ship

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Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French long, a back-formation from longe, longue, the feminine form of Early Old French lonc, from Latin longus.

Adjective[edit]

long m (feminine longue, masculine plural longs, feminine plural longues)

  1. long

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

long

  1. Nonstandard spelling of lōng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of lóng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of lǒng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of lòng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Backformation from longe, longue, the feminine form of lonc

Adjective[edit]

long m

  1. long (length, duration)

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Old Irish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Generally assumed to be a Latin loan, from (navis) longa, but Joseph Loth believed it to be from Proto-Celtic, cognate to Welsh llong.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

long f

  1. boat
  2. ship

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Descendants[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
long
also llong after a proclitic
long
pronounced with /l(ʲ)-/
long
also llong after a proclitic
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Pijin[edit]

Preposition[edit]

long

  1. to; toward; into
  2. in; at; near
    • 1988, Geoffrey Miles White, Bikfala faet: olketa Solomon Aelanda rimembarem Wol Wo Tu[2], page 75:
      Bihaen hemi finisim skul blong hem, hemi go minista long sios long ples blong hem long 'Areo.


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Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish long.

Noun[edit]

long f (genitive luinge, plural longan)

  1. ship

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English along.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /loŋ/, [lɔŋ], [lɔ(ː)]

Preposition[edit]

long

  1. Used to mark spatial direct objects that something is oriented in the manner of, where English would use to, toward, into, or onto
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:15 (translation here):
      Ol dispela lait i mas kamap long skai bilong givim lait long graun.”
      • These lights must rise in the sky to cast light toward the ground.
  2. Used to mark spatial direct objects that something is oriented in the location of, where English would use in, at, on, or near
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:15 (translation here):
      Ol dispela lait i mas kamap long skai bilong givim lait long graun.”
      • These lights must rise in the sky to cast light toward the ground.
  3. Used to mark indirect objects, or direct objects of intransitive verbs, where English would use to
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 1:22 (translation here):
      Na God i mekim gutpela tok bilong givim strong long ol. Em i tokim ol olsem, “Yupela ol kain kain samting bilong solwara, yupela i mas kamap planti na pulapim olgeta hap bilong solwara. Na yupela ol pisin, yupela i mas kamap planti long graun.”
      • And God made a good speech to give strength to them. He said to them: "You varied things of the ocean, you must multiply and fill every part of the sea. And you birds, you must multiply on earth.
  4. Used to mark spatial direct objects that something is oriented in the manner opposite of, extracted from, or away from, where English would use from or out of
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 2:22 (translation here):
      Orait God i wokim wanpela meri long dispela bun em i bin kisim long man, na bihain em i bringim meri i go long man.
      • Then God made a woman out of that bone he had taken from the man, and later he brought the woman to go to the man.
  5. Used to mark temporal direct objects in which a condition lasts for a certain duration of time, where English would use for
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:14 (translation here):
      Na God, Bikpela i tokim snek olsem, “Yu bin mekim dispela pasin nogut, olsem na nau mi gat strongpela tok bilong daunim yu. Bai yu gat bikpela hevi. Hevi yu karim bai i winim hevi bilong olgeta arapela animal. Nau na long olgeta taim bihain bai yu wokabaut long bel bilong yu tasol. Na bai yu kaikai das bilong graun.
      • And the Lord God said to the snake: "You did a bad deed, and so I have a powerful curse for you. You will have a great weight. The wight you carry will exceed that of any all animals. Now, and for all times, you will only walk on your stomach. And you will eat the dirt of the earth.
  6. Used to mark a verb whose subject is the direct object of another verb, where English would use to or from
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:17 (translation here):
      Na God i tokim Adam olsem, “Yu bin harim tok bilong meri bilong yu, na yu bin kaikai pikinini bilong dispela diwai mi bin tambuim yu long kaikai. Olsem na nau bai mi bagarapim graun, na ol kaikai bai i no inap kamap gut long en. Oltaim bai yu wok hat tru bilong mekim kaikai i kamap long graun.
      • And God said to Adam: "You listened to what your woman said, and you ate a fruit of this tree which I have forbidden you from eating. And so I will now corrupt the earth, and food will not grow well enough. You will work very hard forever to make food grow in the ground.

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Veps[edit]

Noun[edit]

long

  1. lunch

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): /l̪ɐwŋ͡m˧˧/
  • (Huế) IPA(key): /lɐwŋ˧˧/
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): /l̻ʲɐwŋ͡m˧˥/

Etymology 1[edit]

Adjective[edit]

long

  1. loose
    • răng longloose tooth

Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese, from ("dragon")

Noun[edit]

long

  1. dragon

Etymology 3[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese, from ("space")

Noun[edit]

long

  1. space