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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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  • 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
  • You know that no Gorgios are so long-winded on genealogies as old mothers in Rom.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Well, this looks as if it was going to be a long-winded search.

    For the Liberty of Texas Edward Stratemeyer
  • March Marston was always with his mother—deep in his long-winded yarns.

    The Wild Man of the West R.M. Ballantyne
  • Not that Jerry disliked Mrs. Bullfinch even though she was long-winded.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • The colonel is long-winded, but then I expect he's lonesome.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
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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