live long

livelong

[liv-lawng, -long]
adjective
(of time) whole or entire, especially when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.: We picked apples the livelong day.

Origin:
1350–1400; alteration (by association with live1) of earlier leeve long, Middle English leve longe dear long. See lief, long1

lifelong, livelong.
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livelong (ˈlɪvˌlɒŋ)
 
adj
1.  (of time) long or seemingly long, esp in a tedious way (esp in the phrase all the livelong day)
2.  whole; entire
 
n
3.  (Brit) another name for orpine

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livelong
c.1400, lefe longe (day), from leve, lief "dear" (see lief), used here as an emotional intensive + long. From late 16c. the first word was mistaken for live (v.). Ger. has cognate die liebe lange Nacht, lit. "the dear long night."

livelong
intens. of long, c.1400, leve longe; first element is lief "beloved," but over the years conformed in spelling to live as lief grew strange.
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