speech·​ify | \ ˈspē-chə-ˌfī How to pronounce speechify (audio) \
speechified; speechifying

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Examples of speechify in a Sentence

We had to listen to him speechify about what a wonderful governor he would be.
Recent Examples on the Web Of all the candidates, Warren had the easiest time answering questions directly and briefly rather than speechifying. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Some Minor Breakthroughs in the Unprecedented CNN Town Hall on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights," 11 Oct. 2019 Which brings me back to Papou Pete, who didn’t like speechifying politicians. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Is Democrats’ decision on Trump impeachment real, or just more natural gas?," 25 Sep. 2019 The blocking is formal, with the actors often in stand-and-speechify mode. Washington Post, "In GALA’s ‘Life Is a Dream,’ freewheeling ideas but stiff storytelling," 15 Sep. 2019 Families sob and squabble and speechify to camera, but there are also educational infographics and maps showing responses sailing in from all over the world. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Reality TV Meets Crowdsourced Medicine in Netflix's Diagnosis," 16 Aug. 2019 A whole week of campaigning, speechifying and gaffe-ing hasn’t changed the lineup appreciably. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "We fled the country to escape news about Trump. We failed," 9 June 2019 Remember that cobalt blue, cap-sleeve dress that Michelle Obama wore to speechify at the 2016 Democratic National Convention? Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Christian Siriano talks fashion, diversity, Whoopi, and Cardi B. at Pride after party | Elizabeth Wellington," 11 June 2018 Finally convinced to return after Lucy speechifies about friendship and family, events play out almost exactly as Jiya foresaw them. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "Pilot, Thinker, Soldier, Spy: The Epic “Timeless” Season Finale Twofer," 13 May 2018 What might have been an interesting and timely drama with a substantial subject devolves into merely another dysfunctional family drama, filled with unsympathetic and charmless characters who speechify without much style or texture to the language. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "London theater: 'Nightfall' at the Bridge Theatre: Missed opportunity, just another boring family drama," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of speechify

1723, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Speechify.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speechify. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of speechify

informal + disapproving : to make a speech especially in a way that is boring, annoying, etc.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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