- short of breath; liable to difficulty in breathing.
- brief or concise; to the point, as in speech or writing.
Origin of short-winded
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Examples from the Web for short-winded
"He aer a plaguey feller, he's that short-winded," grumbled Bill.Indian and Scout
F. S. Brereton
He was fat and short-winded and would suffer from the effort of laying on the blows.The Unwilling Vestal
Edward Lucas White
The heart is affected; boys become "short-winded" as a result of the action on the heart.A Civic Biology
George William Hunter
Then they are like a short-winded boy, and do not do their work well.Applied Physiology
His imagination is short-winded, dry, and apt to lose itself in speculation.The Real Gladstone
J. Ewing Ritchie
- tending to run out of breath, esp after exertion
- (of speech or writing) terse or abrupt
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- Breathing with quick, labored breaths.
- Likely to have difficulty in breathing, especially from exertion.
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