[lengk-thee, leng-, len-]

adjective, length·i·er, length·i·est.

having or being of great length; very long: a lengthy journey.
tediously verbose; very long; too long: a lengthy speech.

Origin of lengthy

An Americanism dating back to 1680–90; length + -y1
Related formslength·i·ly, adverblength·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of lengthier

Historical Examples of lengthier

  • The learned, of course, after their wont, know him by a lengthier and more imposing name.

  • The tenth case, which requires a lengthier or more painstaking hearing, is brought to the board.

  • She is well worth the lengthier consideration which will be given her in later pages.

    She Stands Accused

    Victor MacClure

  • The novel has a lengthier storyline, a more intricate plot, and more characterization.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for lengthier


adjective lengthier or lengthiest

of relatively great or tiresome extent or duration
Derived Formslengthily, adverblengthiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lengthier



1759, American English, from length + -y (2). Until c.1840 always characterized in British English as an Americanism.

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.

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