AskDefine | Define long

Dictionary Definition

long adj
1 primarily temporal sense; being or indicating a relatively great or greater than average duration or passage of time or a duration as specified; "a long life"; "a long boring speech"; "a long time"; "a long friendship"; "a long game"; "long ago"; "an hour long" [ant: short]
2 primarily spatial sense; of relatively great or greater than average spatial extension or extension as specified; "a long road"; "a long distance"; "contained many long words"; "ten miles long" [ant: short]
3 of relatively great height; "a race of long gaunt men"- Sherwood Anderson; "looked out the long French windows"
4 holding securities or commodities in expectation of a rise in prices; "is long on coffee"; "a long position in gold" [ant: short]
5 of speech sounds (especially vowels) of relatively long duration (as e.g. the English vowel sounds in `bate', `beat', `bite', `boat', `boot') [ant: short]
6 used of syllables that are unaccented or of relatively long duration
7 involving substantial risk; "long odds"
8 (of memory) having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults"; "a tenacious memory" [syn: tenacious]
9 planning prudently for the future; "large goals that required farsighted policies"; "took a long view of the geopolitical issues" [syn: farseeing, farsighted, foresighted, foresightful, longsighted]
10 having or being more than normal or necessary:"long on brains"; "in long supply" n : a comparatively long time; "this won't take long"; "they haven't been gone long" adv
1 for an extended time or at a distant time; "a promotion long overdue"; "something long hoped for"; "his name has long been forgotten"; "talked all night long"; "how long will you be gone?"; "arrived long before he was expected"; "it is long after your bedtime"
2 for an extended distance v : desire strongly or persistently [syn: hanker, yearn]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /lɒŋ/, /lQN/
  • a US , /lɔŋ/|/lɑŋ/, /lON/|/lAN/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒŋ

Etymology 1

lang (for adjective, nominal), lange (for adverb)


en-adj er
  1. Having much distance from one terminating point on an object or an area to another terminating point .
    It's a long way from the Earth to the Moon.
  2. Having great duration.
    The pyramids of Egypt have been around for a long time.
  3. possessing or owning stocks, bonds or other financial instruments.
  4. of a fielding position, close to the boundary (or closer to the boundary than the equivalent short position)
Usage notes
  • Wide is usually used instead of long when referring to a horizontal dimension (left to right).
  • Tall or high are usually used insted of long when referring to positive vertical dimension (upwards), and deep when referring to negative vertical dimension (downwards).
having much distance from one point to another
  • French: long, longue
  • Italian: lungo, lunga
having great duration
  • French: long, longue
  • Italian: lungo, lunga


en-adv er
  1. Over a great distance in space.
    He threw the ball long.
  2. For a particular duration.
    How long is it until the next bus arrives?
  3. For a long duration.
    Will this interview take long?
over a great distance
particular duration
  • French: temps
    how long — combien de temps
  • Italian: tempo
    how long — quanto tempo
long duration
  • French: longtemps
See also


  1. A long vowel.
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Etymology 2

Old English langian


  1. To await, to aspire, to desire greatly (something to occur or to be true)
    She longed for him to come back.
Usage notes
Derived terms
to wait, to aspire




  1. In the context of "anatomy|lang=nl}} lung

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Extensive Definition

In general English usage, long is the adjectival form of length. It may also refer to:
In geography:
In other fields:
long in German: Long
long in French: Long
long in Dutch: Long
long in Japanese: ロング

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a mile long, ache, ache for, ache to, aeon, age, ages, aim, and night, aspire, be dying for, be dying to, be hurting for, big, blue moon, bull, bull account, burn to, century, choose to, clamor for, colossal, covet, crave, cry for, day after day, de longue haleine, dearly love to, desire, diffuse, diffusive, dragging, drawn-out, dream, dream of, elongate, elongated, endless, enduringly, eternity, extended, extensive, fancy, far-flung, far-reaching, fargoing, filled out, flatulent, for an age, for life, for long, gangling, gangly, gape for, giant, gigantic, great, hanker, hone for, hope for, hour after hour, hunger, interminable, interminably, itch, itch for, itch to, languish for, languishing, lank, lanky, large, lasting, leggy, lengthened, lengthy, like to, lingering, long account, long ago, long for, long interest, long side, long since, long time, long to, long while, long-continuing, long-drawn, long-drawn-out, long-legged, long-pending, long-spun, long-winded, longiloquent, longish, longs, longsome, love to, lust, lust for, marathon, miss, month after month, month of Sundays, morning, no end of, noon, out, outstretched, overlong, padded, pant for, persistently, pine, pine for, prolix, prolonged, protracted, protractedly, rangy, right smart spell, sesquipedal, sesquipedalian, sigh, sigh for, since time began, spoil for, spun-out, statuesque, stretched-out, sustained, talkative, tall, the livelong day, thirst, thirst for, till doomsday, time immemorial, undyingly, unendingly, unrelenting, verbose, want, want to, weary for, windy, wish, wish for, wish to, without end, wordy, year after year, yearn, yearn for, years, years on end, yen, yen for
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