before 900; (adv., preposition) Middle English;Old Englishofer; cognate with Dutchover,Germanober; (adj.) Middle Englishover(e), orig. variant of uver(e) (E dial. uver; cf. love), Old Englishufera (akin to ofer), assimilated to the adv. form; akin to Latinsuper,Greekhypér,Sanskritupari. See up, hyper-
the whole of (used in referring to quantity, extent, or duration):
all the cake; all the way; all year.
the whole number of (used in referring to individuals or particulars, taken collectively):
the greatest possible (used in referring to quality or degree):
with all due respect; with all speed.
all kinds; all sorts.
any; any whatever:
beyond all doubt.
nothing but; only:
The coat is all wool.
dominated by or as if by the conspicuous possession or use of a particular feature:
The colt was all legs. They were all ears, listening attentively to everything she said.
Chiefly Pennsylvania German. all gone; consumed; finished:
The pie is all.
the whole quantity or amount:
He ate all of the peanuts. All are gone.
the whole number; every one:
all of us.
Is that all you want to say? All is lost.
one's whole interest, energy, or property:
to give one's all; to lose one's all.
(often initial capital letter) the entire universe.
wholly; entirely; completely:
He spent his income all on pleasure.
The score was one all.
Archaic. even; just.
above all, before everything else; chiefly:
Above all, the little girl wanted a piano.
after all, in spite of the circumstances; notwithstanding:
Printing, Journalism. (of copy) completely set in type.
Informal. with no vestige of hope remaining:
It's all up with George—they've caught him.
and all, together with every other associated or connected attribute, object, or circumstance:
What with the snow and all, we may be a little late.
in the slightest degree:
I wasn't surprised at all.
for any reason:
Why bother at all?
in any way:
no offense at all.
for all (that), in spite of; notwithstanding:
For all that, it was a good year.
in all, all included; all together:
a hundred guests in all.
once and for all, for the last time; finally:
The case was settled once and for all when the appeal was denied.
before 900;Middle Englishal, plural alle;Old Englisheal(l); cognate with Gothicalls,Old Norseallr,Old Frisian,Dutch,Middle Low Germanal,Old Saxon,Old High Germanal(l) (Germanall); if < *ol-no-, equivalent to Welsholl and akin to Old Irishuile < *ol-io-; cf. almighty
2. every one of, each of. 14. totally, utterly, fully.
Expressions like all the farther and all the higher occur chiefly in informal speech: This is all the farther the bus goes. That's all the higher she can jump. Elsewhere as far as and as high as are generally used: This is as far as the bus goes. That's as high as she can jump. Although some object to the inclusion of of in such phrases as all of the students and all of the contracts and prefer to omit it, the construction is entirely standard. See also already, alright, altogether.
O.E. eall "all, every, entire," from P.Gmc. *alnaz (cf. O.Fris., O.H.G. al, O.N. allr, Goth. alls), with no certain connection outside Gmc. All-fired (1837) is U.S. slang euphemism for hell-fired. First record of all out "to one's full powers" is 1880. All-star (adj.) is from 1889; all-American is from 1888, with ref. to baseball teams composed of the best players from the U.S. All-terrain vehicle first recorded 1970. All clear as a signal of "no danger" is recorded from 1902. All right, indicative of approval, is attested from 1953.
O.E. ofer, from P.Gmc. *uberi (cf. O.S. obar, O.Fris. over, O.N. yfir, O.H.G. ubar, Ger. über, Goth. ufar "over, above"), from PIE *uper (see super-). Sense of "finished" is attested from late 14c. In radio communication, used to indicate the speaker has finished speaking (1926). Widely used as a prefix in O.E. and other Germanic languages. Adjective phrase over-the-counter is attested from 1875, originally of stocks and shares.
Everywhere. The phrase may be used alone, as in I've looked all over for that book, or The very thought of poison ivy makes me itch all over. In addition it can be used as a preposition, meaning “throughout,” as in The news spread all over town.
[ Early 1600s