\ ˈleŋ(k)-thē How to pronounce lengthy (audio) , ˈlen(t)-\
lengthier; lengthiest

Definition of lengthy

1 : protracted excessively : overlong
2 : extended, long

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Other Words from lengthy

lengthily \ ˈleŋ(k)-​thə-​lē How to pronounce lengthily (audio) , ˈlen(t)-​ \ adverb
lengthiness \ ˈleŋ(k)-​thē-​nəs How to pronounce lengthiness (audio) , ˈlen(t)-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lengthy


elongate (or elongated), extended, king-size (or king-sized), long


brief, curt, short, shortish

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Examples of lengthy in a Sentence

The process is both lengthy and costly. a series of lengthy delays Lengthier trips require more planning.
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The holy day, which falls on April 21 this year, always arrives with a lengthy to-do list. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Is Target Open on Easter? Here Are the Retailer's Holiday Hours," 18 Mar. 2019 That is, the experience isn’t about a lengthy, sit-down meal that is almost built around the opportunity to converse. Charles Passy, WSJ, "In New York City, Restaurants Welcome Tables for One," 13 Feb. 2019 Skarsgård has a lengthy list of acting credits, including Good Will Hunting, The Hunt for Red October, among many others. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019 The Fire got their hunt for the 2018 U.S. Open Cup off to a good — if lengthy — start. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Goalkeeper Richard Sanchez helps Fire top Crew in U.S. Open Cup," 6 June 2018 During the 2012 election, he was credited with boosting President Barack Obama's campaign with a lengthy, but detailed, nominating speech at the Democratic National Convention that laid out why the President should be reelected. Dan Merica, CNN, "Bill Clinton's answer on Lewinsky shows why Democrats want distance in 2018," 4 June 2018 Her co-star, Tom Selleck—who plays Police Commissioner Frank Reagan—echoed the issues with filming those lengthy scenes. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's What 'Blue Bloods' Star Bridget Moynahan Is Eating During the Family Dinners," 3 May 2019 The scene happens in a lengthy behind-the-scenes look at the season-eight premiere that HBO posted on YouTube. Glamour, "Watch Kit Harington Gag After Kissing Emilia Clarke on the Game of Thrones Set," 16 Apr. 2019 You are not required to open healed wounds or write lengthy threads in order to explain your worth to others who aren’t willing to see it themselves. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pete Buttigieg's Husband Chasten Shared an Empowering Coming Out Message," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of lengthy

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lengthy was in 1689

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English Language Learners Definition of lengthy

: lasting for a long time
: having many pages, items, etc.


\ ˈleŋ-thē How to pronounce lengthy (audio) \
lengthier; lengthiest

Kids Definition of lengthy

: very long a lengthy argument

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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