longing

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɒŋɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒŋɪŋ
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlɔːŋɪŋ/
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English longynge, langynge, langand, from Old English langiende, from Proto-Germanic *langōndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *langōną (to desire, long for), equivalent to long +‎ -ing (present participle ending).

Verb[edit]

longing

  1. present participle of long

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English longinge, langynge, from Old English longung, langung (longing, desire), from Proto-Germanic *langungō, gerund of Proto-Germanic *langōną (to desire, long for), equivalent to long +‎ -ing (gerund ending).

Noun[edit]

longing (plural longings)

  1. An earnest and deep, not greatly passionate, but rather melancholic desire.
  2. The buying of a financial instrument with the expectation that its value will rise
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