[lawng-win-did, long-]


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 formslong-wind·ed·ly, adverblong-wind·ed·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of long-winded

Historical Examples of long-winded

  • 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.

  • Not that Jerry disliked Mrs. Bullfinch even though she was long-winded.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for long-winded



tiresomely long
capable of energetic activity without becoming short of breath
Derived Formslong-windedly, adverblong-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.).

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