adjective (lengthier; -est) Date: 1689 1. protracted excessively ; overlong 2. extended, longlengthily adverblengthiness noun

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  • Lengthy — Length y ( [y^]), a. [Compar. {Lengthier} ( [i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Lengthiest}.] Having length; rather long or too long; prolix; not brief; said chiefly of discourses, writings, and the like. Lengthy periods. Washington. Some lengthy additions.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lengthy — ☆ lengthy [leŋk′thē, leŋ′thē ] adj. lengthier, lengthiest having length; long; esp., too long, or so long as to be tiresome [a lengthy voyage, a lengthy sermon] lengthily adv. lengthiness n …   English World dictionary

  • lengthy — I (prolix) adjective digressive, discursive, garrulous, long winded, loquacious, talky, verbose II (prolonged) adjective elongated, extensive, far reaching, gaunt, lengthened, made to last, prosy, protracted, rangy, sesquipedalian, spare,… …   Law dictionary

  • lengthy — 1759, Amer.Eng., from LENGTH (Cf. length) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Until c.1840 always characterized in British English as an Americanism. Related: Lengthily; lengthiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • lengthy — [adj] extended diffuse, dragging, drawn out, elongate, elongated, interminable, lengthened, long, longish, long winded, overlong, padded, prolix, prolonged, protracted, tedious, tiresome, verbose, very long, wearisome, windy, wordy; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • lengthy — ► ADJECTIVE (lengthier, lengthiest) ▪ of considerable or unusual duration. DERIVATIVES lengthily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • lengthy — [[t]le̱ŋθi[/t]] lengthier, lengthiest 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n You use lengthy to describe an event or process which lasts for a long time. ...a lengthy meeting. ...the lengthy process of filling out passport application forms. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu …   English dictionary

  • lengthy */ — UK [ˈleŋθɪ] / US adjective Word forms lengthy : adjective lengthy comparative lengthier superlative lengthiest long, often lasting for longer than you want or expect There is a lengthy and complicated application procedure. It s a fairly lengthy… …   English dictionary

  • lengthy — length|y [ˈleŋθi] adj comparative lengthier superlative lengthiest [usually before noun] 1.) continuing for a long time, often too long ≠ ↑brief ▪ A lengthy period of training is required. ▪ An accident is causing some lengthy delays. 2.) a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lengthy — length|y [ leŋθi ] adjective * long, often lasting for longer than you want or expect: There is a lengthy and complicated application procedure. It s a fairly lengthy report. After a lengthy period of negotiation, agreement was finally reached …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lengthy — lengthily, adv. lengthiness, n. /lengk thee, leng , len /, adj., lengthier, lengthiest. 1. having or being of great length; very long: a lengthy journey. 2. tediously verbose; very long; too long: a lengthy speech. [1680 90, Amer.; LENGTH + Y1] * …   Universalium

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