[lawng, long] /lɔŋ, lɒŋ/
[wil-yuh m-suh n] /ˈwɪl yəm sən/ (Show IPA), 1815–78, U.S. surgeon.
[hyoo-ee] /ˈhyu i/ (Show IPA), 1893–1935, U.S. politician: governor of Louisiana 1928–31; U.S. senator 1931–35.
Russell B(illiu) [bil-yoo] /ˈbɪl yu/ (Show IPA), 1918–2003, U.S. lawyer and politician: U.S. senator 1948–87 (son of Huey Long).
Stephen Harriman, 1784–1864, U.S. army officer and explorer.
having relatively great extent in space on a horizontal plane
having relatively great duration in time
having or consisting of a relatively large number of items or parts: a long list
having greater than the average or expected range: a long memory
being the longer or longest of alternatives: the long way to the bank
having more than the average or usual quantity, extent, or duration: a long match
seeming to occupy a greater time than is really so: she spent a long afternoon waiting in the departure lounge
intense or thorough (esp in the phrase a long look)
(of drinks) containing a large quantity of nonalcoholic beverage
(of a garment) reaching to the wearer’s ankles
(informal) (foll by on) plentifully supplied or endowed (with): long on good ideas
(phonetics, of a speech sound, esp a vowel)
from end to end; lengthwise
unlikely to win, happen, succeed, etc: a long chance
(finance) having or characterized by large holdings of securities or commodities in anticipation of rising prices: a long position
(cricket) (of a fielding position) near the boundary: long leg
(informal) (of people) tall and slender
in the long run, See run (sense 82)
(informal) long in the tooth, old or ageing
for a certain time or period: how long will it last?
for or during an extensive period of time: long into the next year
at a distant time; quite a bit of time: long before I met you, long ago
(finance) into a position with more security or commodity holdings than are required by sale contracts and therefore dependent on rising prices for profit: to go long
as long as, so long as
no longer, not any more; formerly but not now
a long time (esp in the phrase for long)
a relatively long thing, such as a signal in Morse code
a clothing size for tall people, esp in trousers
(phonetics) a long vowel or syllable
(finance) a person with large holdings of a security or commodity in expectation of a rise in its price; bull
(music) a note common in medieval music but now obsolete, having the time value of two breves
before long, soon
the long and the short of it, the essential points or facts
(intransitive; foll by for or an infinitive) to have a strong desire
(intransitive) (archaic) to belong, appertain, or be appropriate
Crawford Williamson. 1815–78, US surgeon. He was the first to use ether as an anaesthetic
“that extends considerably from end to end,” Old English lang “long,” from Proto-Germanic *langgaz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon lang, Old High German and German lang, Old Norse langr, Middle Dutch lanc, Dutch lang, Gothic laggs “long”).
The Germanic words are perhaps from PIE *dlonghos- (cf. Latin longus, Old Persian darga-, Persian dirang, Sanskrit dirghah, Greek dolikhos “long,” Greek endelekhes “perpetual,” Latin indulgere “to indulge”), from root *del- “long.”
The adverb is from Old English lange, longe, from the adjective. No longer “not as formerly” is from c.1300; to be not long for this world “soon to die” is from 1714.
The word illustrates the Old English tendency for short “a” to become short “o” before -n- (also retained in bond/band and West Midlands dialectal lond from land and hond from hand).
Long vowels (c.1000) originally were pronounced for an extended time. Sporting long ball is from 1744, originally in cricket. Long jump as a sporting event is attested from 1864. A ship’s long-boat so called from 1510s. Long knives, name Native Americans gave to white settlers (originally in Virginia/Kentucky) is from 1774. Long in the tooth (1841 of persons) is from horses showing age by recession of gums. Long time no see, imitative of American Indian speech, is first recorded 1900. To be long on something, “have a lot” of it, is from 1900, American English slang.
Old English langian “to yearn after, grieve for,” literally “to grow long, lengthen,” from Proto-Germanic *langojanan (see long (adj.)). Cognate with Old Norse langa, Old Saxon langon, Middle Dutch langhen, Old High German langen “to long,” German verlangen “to desire.” Related: Longed; longing.
Long (lông), Crawford Williamson. 1815-1878.
American surgeon and pioneer anesthetist who was among the first (1842) to use ether as an anesthetic.
[hyoo-ee-toun or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu iˌtaʊn or, often, ˈyu-/ noun 1. a town in central Alabama.
[huhf] /hʌf/ noun 1. a mood of sulking anger; a fit of resentment: Just because you disagree, don’t walk off in a huff. verb (used with object) 2. to give offense to; make angry. 3. to treat with arrogance or contempt; bluster at; hector or bully. 4. Checkers. to remove (a piece) from the board […]
- Huff and puff
Make noisy, empty threats; bluster. For example, You can huff and puff about storm warnings all you like, but we’ll believe it when we see it. This expression uses two words of 16th-century origin, huff, meaning “to emit puffs of breath in anger,” and puff, meaning “to blow in short gusts,” and figuratively, “to inflate” […]