From speech + -ify.
speechify (third-person singular simple present speechifies, present participle speechifying, simple past and past participle speechified) (obsolete or derisive)
- (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.
- (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.