From Middle English live long, leve-long, lefe long (as in Alle the lefe longe daye), equivalent to lief + long. Compare Dutch heel den lieven langen dag (“all the livelong day”), German die liebe lange Nacht (“the livelong night”).
- total, complete, whole
- I've been workin' on the railroad, all the livelong day.
- 1891, I'm Nobody! Who are you?, by Emily Dickinson
- How dreary to be somebody!
- How public, like a frog
- To tell your name the livelong day
- To an admiring bog!
- (obsolete) lasting; durable.
- Thou, in our wonder and astonishment, Thou hast built thyself a livelong monument.
livelong (plural livelongs)