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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of considerable length, especially in time; extended: a lengthy convalescence.
  • adj. Tediously long; drawn-out: a lengthy explanation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. long and overextended, especially in time rather than dimension

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having length; rather long or too long; prolix; not brief; -- said chiefly of discourses, writings, and the like.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having length; long; especially, of great length; immoderately long, sometimes with the idea of tediousness attached: applied chiefly to discourses, writings, arguments, proceedings, etc.: as, a lengthy sermon; a lengthy dissertation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

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length +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

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