• IPA: /ˈspiːtʃɪfaɪ/

speechify (speechifies, present participle speechifying; past and past participle speechified)

  1. (intransitive) To give a speech; to hold forth; (now, especially) to pronounce pompously or at length.
    • 1872, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter LVI, in Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life, volume III, Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 948783829 ↗, book VI (The Widow and the Wife), page 238 ↗:
      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), page 1351:
      He never missed a chance of speechifying in public.
    • 2007, James Brady, Warning of War: A Novel of the North China Marines, Macmillan (ISBN 9781429901963):
      The home minister, Admiral Suetsugu, speechified grandly of a Japanese eminent domain beyond the seas, of a “moral purification drive” in the home islands.
    • 2013, John Nichols, The Magic Journey: A Novel, Holt Paperbacks (ISBN 9781466859609), page 20:
      Rodey McQueen speechified elegantly about the necessity for harmony.
  2. (transitive, possibly, obsolete) To make speeches to (someone); to address in a speech.
    • 1864, Charles Dickens, "Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy," chapter 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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