Translation of "long" - English-Spanish dictionary


adjective uk /lɒŋ/ us /lɔŋ/

A1 having a large distance from one end to the other

long hair
long legs
a long dress
→ Opposite short

A1 continuing for a large amount of time

a long movie
→ Opposite short

A2 describes a piece of writing that has a lot of pages or words

a long book

used when asking for or giving information about the distance or time of something

de largo, de duración
It’s about three metres long.
The concert was three hours long.
How long was the skirt?
How long is the movie?
be long in the tooth

to be old, often too old to do something

ser entrado en años
He’s a bit long in the tooth to be wearing jeans, don’t you think?
adverb uk /lɒŋ/ us /lɔŋ/

A2 for a long time

(durante) mucho tiempo
Did you have to wait long for the train?
as long as

B1 used when you are talking about something that must happen before something else can happen

con tal de que
You can play football as long as you do your homework first.
no longer

B1 in the past but not now

ya no
The school is no longer used.
before (very/too) long


They’ll be home before very long.
noun [ no plural ] uk /lɒŋ/ us /lɔŋ/

a large amount of time

mucho tiempo
She won’t be away for long.
verb uk /lɒŋ/ us /lɔŋ/ formal

to want something very much

She longed to see him again.
I’m longing for some sun.

(Translation of “long” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


adjective /loŋ/

measuring a great distance from one end to the other

a long journey
a long road
She has long legs.

having a great period of time from the first moment to the last

The book took a long time to read
a long conversation
a long delay.

measuring a certain amount in distance or time

de largo, de duración
The wire is two centimetres/centimeters long
The television programme was just over an hour long.

away, doing or using something etc for a great period of time

Will you be long?

reaching to a great distance in space or time

She has a long memory
longways adverb

in the direction of the length

a lo largo, longitudinalmente
The planks had to go into the lorry longways.
long-distance adjective

de larga distancia
long-distance races
a long-distance lorry-driver
a long-distance telephone call.
long-drawn-out adjective

taking a needlessly long time

long-drawn-out discussions.
longhand noun

ordinary writing as opposed to shorthand.

escritura a mano
long house noun

in tribal societies, a long rectangular dwelling shared by several families, especially in south-east Asia and amongst indigenous North Americans.

casa comunitaria
long jump noun

a sports contest in which people jump as far as possible

salto de longitud
She’s competing in the long jump.
long-playing record noun (usually abbreviated to LP)

a record which plays for a long time.

long-range adjective

able to reach a great distance

de largo alcance
long-range rockets.

taking into consideration a long period of time

a largo plazo
a long-range weather forecast.
long-sighted adjective

having difficulty in seeing close objects clearly

I have to wear glasses bcause I’m long-sighted.
long-sightedness noun

long-suffering adjective

patiently enduring a great deal of trouble

I don’t know how his long-suffering wife puts up with him.
long-winded adjective

(of a speaker or his speech) tiresomely long

He delivered a long-winded speech about the economy.
as long as / so long as

provided only that

si, con tal que
As/So long as you’re happy, it doesn’t matter what you do.

while; during the time that

As long as he’s here, I’ll have someone to help me run the business.
before (very) long


en breve, dentro de poco
Come in and wait – he’ll be here before long!
in the long run

in the end

a la larga
We thought we would save money, but in the long run our spending was about the same as usual.
the long and the short of it

the whole story in a few words

en resumidas cuentas
The long and the short of it is that the goods will be delivered tomorrow.
no longer

not now as in the past

ya no
She no longer works here
This cinema is no longer used.
so long!

(informal) goodbye!

¡hasta la vista!

(Translation of “long” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)