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adjective, adverb
too or excessively long
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  • In ordinary circumstances it would, was the reply, but I had left my team in the main track, and to do that overlong is not wise.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • “I trust, Master Preston, that you will not be overlong in recovering,” he said as he turned to leave the unfortunate fellow.

  • Ah, that delight, it was not overlong And I pay dear with sorrow for brief song.

    Laments Jan Kochanowski
  • The nation must have then consisted of young readers, when a diminutive volume in twelves was deemed to be “overlong.”

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • I inquired as a starter, after we had driven for an overlong time.

    From Pillar to Post John Kendrick Bangs
  • The headmen of the village were cringingly afraid of him, and for good reason, as we were not overlong in finding out.

  • You have been overlong on your journey and we have been waiting for you.

    The Master Mystery Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
  • The wait at Fachen was not overlong, but it became a trifle tedious after the novelty of the place had passed.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • This characteristic scene, which has delayed me overlong, was but a moment in that day of exercise and agitation.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
Word Origin and History for overlong

"excessively long," early 14c., from over- + long (adj.). Middle English also had overshort "too short, too brief."

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