speechify

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From speech +‎ -ify.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

speechify (third-person singular simple present speechifies, present participle speechifying, simple past and past participle speechified)

  1. (intransitive) To give a speech; to hold forth, to pronounce at length.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 56
      Caleb was a powerful man and knew little of any fear except the fear of hurting others and the fear of having to speechify.
    • 1985, Lawrence Durrell, Quinx, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1351:
      He never missed a chance of speechifying in public.
  2. (transitive) To make speeches to (someone); to address in a speech.
    • 1864, Charles Dickens, "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy," ch. 2:
      They take their little enjoyments on little means and with little things and don't let solemn big-wigs stare them out of countenance or speechify them dull.

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