MEANING: verb intr.: To make a speech, especially in a tedious or pompous manner.

ETYMOLOGY: From speech, from Old English spaec/spreac (speech), from sprecan (to speak) + -ify (to make), from Latin facere (to make or do). Earliest documented use: 1723

SPEECH IFFY - we're not sure whether or not he'll give his oration

SPEE CHIEF Y - club named after the Captain of the Dirigible.

PEECHIFY - convert the orchard to a different fruit