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

Definition of lengthy

1 : protracted excessively : overlong
2 : extended, long

Other Words from lengthy

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

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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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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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“Lengthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lengthy. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of lengthy

: very long a lengthy argument

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