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livelong

[liv-lawng, -long] /ˈlɪvˌlɔŋ, -ˌlɒŋ/
adjective
1.
(of time) whole or entire, especially when tediously long, slow in passing, etc.:
We picked apples the livelong day.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; alteration (by association with live1) of earlier leeve long, Middle English leve longe dear long. See lief, long1
Can be confused
lifelong, livelong.
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  • So for that livelong day they feasted till the going down of the sun, and their soul lacked not ought of the equal banquet.
British Dictionary definitions for livelong

livelong

/ˈlɪvˌlɒŋ/
adjective (mainly poetic)
1.
(of time) long or seemingly long, esp in a tedious way (esp in the phrase all the livelong day)
2.
whole; entire
noun
3.
(Brit) another name for orpine
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Word Origin and History for livelong
adj.

also live-long, c.1400, lefe longe (day), from leve, lief "dear" (see lief), used here as an emotional intensive + long (adj). From late 16c. conformed in spelling to live (v.) as lief grew strange. German has cognate die liebe lange Nacht, literally "the dear long night."

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