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[lawng-win-did, long-] /ˈlɔŋˈwɪn dɪd, ˈlɒŋ-/
talking or writing at tedious length:
long-winded after-dinner speakers.
continued to a tedious length in speech or writing:
another of his long-winded election speeches.
able to breathe deeply; not tiring easily.
Origin of long-winded
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
long-windedly, adverb
long-windedness, noun Unabridged
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  • I didn't take much stock in Spies and Parsons—long-winded, talky, wild fellows.

  • March Marston was always with his mother—deep in his long-winded yarns.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • How grotesque is the brave old hetman storming maledictions against the hated Moslems—in long-winded German periods!

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • Not to be too long-winded, we carried ridge after ridge of kopje for several miles.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • What, in God's name, did this long-winded old fool have to tell him?

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
  • And then came the reason for all these long-winded preliminaries.

    The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
British Dictionary definitions for long-winded


tiresomely long
capable of energetic activity without becoming short of breath
Derived Forms
long-windedly, adverb
long-windedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for long-winded

also longwinded, 1580s, "given to lengthy speeches," from long (adj.) + wind (n.) in the secondary Middle English sense "breath in speaking" (early 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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