adjective, length·i·er, length·i·est.
Examples from the Web for lengthy
Senhor José remains stationary, but this lengthy series of clauses propels the reader along an unmarked path.
“I brought it with no small degree of trepidation,” Kucinich recalled in a lengthy phone conversation with the Daily Beast.Repubs Should Take It From Kucinich: Impeachment Isn’t Worth It|Eleanor Clift|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now San Bernardino County authorities have announced a triumphant conclusion to their lengthy investigation into the case.Family's Best Friend Charged With Murdering Them All|Nina Strochlic|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During our lengthy chat, Cal can be heard scampering around and giggling in the background.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that quiet approach has served the onetime UCLA quarterback, now 63, well through his lengthy acting career.
This speech, since not addressed to Lady Crowborough, was too lengthy for her taste.Thorley Weir|E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
A lengthy convoy of artillery was crossing, and behind them again were endless other convoys.The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere|Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
Actually, he studied his companion, and attempted to read the lengthy telegram which the other had composed.The Clock Strikes Thirteen|Mildred A. Wirt
Its use, however, is so limited in this country that it is scarcely necessary to go into a lengthy discussion as to its merits.Health on the Farm|H. F. Harris
This is quite a lengthy law and would appear to cover almost every point of regulation of the traffic.
British Dictionary definitions for lengthy
adjective lengthier or lengthiest
Word Origin and History for lengthy
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.