Definitions starting with L

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long

adj. 1. [Atlantic; OED idem → 1609 "now rare except in jocular use" but cf. also São Tomé Port Cr. lóngó and Kishinkongo -alambuka both 'long; tall' (Ivens Ferraz 1979: 101) and Réunion Cr. Fr. lõg idem (Chaudenson 1979: 18)] (of persons) tall: 1880 When man no done grown, him nebber should cuss long man (Powles 167). 1977 Him long fella eh (Jones 15). cf. LOW (Gen.)

2. much, a lot of (with nouns involving time): You have to have long patience (Nassau). cf. LONG YEARS

3. [perhaps in reference to the lengthening of sounds; cf. SLANG dialect pronunciation] (of speech varieties) far from standard English: They speak a longer slang (San Sal.). (Black)

Tags: adjective, time

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Last update: 2011-06-02 17:00
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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