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speechify

[spee-chuh-fahy]
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verb (used without object), speech·i·fied, speech·i·fy·ing.
  1. to make a speech or speeches; harangue.
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Origin of speechify

First recorded in 1715–25; speech + -ify
Related formsspeech·i·fi·ca·tion, nounspeech·i·fi·er, noun
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Related Words

gush, orate, declaim, ramble, boast, sermonize, expatiate, spiel, rant, brag, spellbind, pontificate, yell, vapor, chatter, harangue, speechify

Examples from the Web for speechify

Historical Examples

  • I must get some first-hand knowledge, too, before I try to stand up and speechify.'

    The Convert

    Elizabeth Robins

  • It is not surprising that they all wanted to talk and speechify.

  • Abel's wrath was now roused, and he began to speechify and swagger.

  • They all had a chance to speechify, and I listened to them for a time.

  • I didn't mean to speechify like this, but I do know what I'm talking about.

    Joan Thursday

    Louis Joseph Vance


British Dictionary definitions for speechify

speechify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (intr)
  1. to make a speech or speeches
  2. to talk pompously and boringly
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Derived Formsspeechification, nounspeechifier, noun
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