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Note 91 – Lengthy and lengthily

The adjective lengthy is defined in the Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus as ‘of relatively great or tiresome extent or duration’.  Some shorter meanings are; long; drawn-out; prolix; verbose and tedious.  Here is an example of lengthy being used in a sentence:

The best man gave such a lengthy speech, that everyone fell asleep.

Lengthily, on the other hand, is an adverb; however, it’s very rarely used.  Although this word is in the Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus, one of the only places where I could find a definition was on the audio english site which defines lengthily as “in a lengthy or prolix manner” with the synonym being “at length”.  The two example sentences that the site gives are:

  • The argument went on lengthily
  • She talked at length about the problem

I must admit I had never heard of the word lengthily before today, but could now use it quite confidently in a sentence.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this.  I blog daily so please don’t forget to come back tomorrow to learn more.  

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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


One thought on “Note 91 – Lengthy and lengthily

  1. Cool thanks, this has bothered me for years.

    Posted by Sam | October 29, 2013, 9:28 am

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