American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Complete; whole: the livelong day.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being as long as life; having a long life; that lives or endures long; lasting; durable.
- Continuing or seeming to continue long; passing slowly; tedious.
- n. A plant, Sedum Telephium; live-for-ever.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Whole; entire; long in passing; -- used of time, as day or night, in adverbial phrases, and usually with a sense of tediousness.
- adj. obsolete Lasting; durable.
- adj. (of time) constituting the full extent or duration
- n. perennial northern temperate plant with toothed leaves and heads of small purplish-white flowers
- Middle English : leve, lefe, dear, used as an intensive (from Old English lēof, dear; see leubh- in Indo-European roots) + long, long; see long1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Green herbs called "livelong" were plucked by the children and hung up on Midsummer Eve.”
“With that being said, as a livelong Democrat, I wish it was Nancy pelosi who was retiring.”
“I already watch no television, listen to no commercial radio, and read few “mainstream” (i.e. fascist) news sources, yet corporate rapists, terrorists, and thugs have at me all the livelong day.”
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“And the gut tells me always when I've gone wrong, a rant as it were to singsong, to livelong.”
“The book is a memoir of her spiritual journey starting in her youth in Honduras, her flirtations with a number of spiritual paths and philosophies, including time she spent in the 1960s in Paris with Jean Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir, and culminating in her discovering her livelong spiritual guide and teacher Sathya Sai Baba in southern India.”
“All I did that blessed, livelong day was to sweat and swelter in the sun, mortify my lean flesh upon the rock, gaze out of the desolation, resurrect old memories, dream dreams, and mutter my convictions aloud.”
“No one who reads your blog would expect you could be terrified into submission by nude pictures of our larval-pale author bodies toned to perfection by sitting in front of computers all the livelong day, as you are made of sterner stuff.”
“Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.”
“To her credit, for Whitman was gracious but unforthcoming with any proposal of marriage, she settled into a livelong friendship with him, continuing in her advocacy of his work.”
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