adjective, length·i·er, length·i·est.
- length over all,
Origin of lengthy
Examples from the Web for lengthier
The first half of The 20/20 Experience was released in March, and sold almost three times as many units as its lengthier sequel.Bruce and Kris Jenner Split Up, Lamar Odom Pleads Not Guilty to DUI|Culture Team|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I made a lengthier case in a column that ran a couple of months ago, which you can read here.In Which I Volunteer for Future College Football Debates|Michael Tomasky|May 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Marriages in the past were no lengthier, but were divided by death, not divorce.
The learned, of course, after their wont, know him by a lengthier and more imposing name.Adventures and Enthusiasms|E. V. Lucas
The tenth case, which requires a lengthier or more painstaking hearing, is brought to the board.How To Write Special Feature Articles|Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
He suggested that perhaps Miss Tancred proposed to make a lengthier stay on the Continent than had been surmised.The Return of the Prodigal|May Sinclair
The nights drew in closer yet, and with their lengthier darkness deepened the shadows round the lives of all our characters.Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 2 of 3)|Frederick William Robinson
Lengthier topics, too, were occasionally dealt with in those columns in the form of serial articles.Harriet Martineau|Florence Fenwick Miller
adjective lengthier or lengthiest
This word has been very common among us, both in writing and in the language of conversation; but it has been so much ridiculed by Americans as well as Englishmen, that in writing it is now generally avoided. Mr. Webster has admitted it into his dictionary; but as need hardly be remarked it is not in any of the English ones. It is applied by us, as Mr. Webster justly observes, chiefly to writings or discourses. Thus we say, a lengthy pamphlet, a lengthy sermon, &c. The English would say, a long or (in the more familiar style) a longish sermon. [John Pickering, "A Vocabulary, or Collection of Words and Phrases Which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America," Boston, 1816]
Related: Lengthily; lengthiness.