[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.

Nearby words

  1. long-term memory,
  2. long-termism,
  3. long-time,
  4. long-tongued,
  5. long-waisted,
  6. long-wire aerial,
  7. long.,
  8. longa,
  9. longan,
  10. longanimity

Origin of long-winded

First recorded in 1580–90

Related formslong-wind·ed·ly, adverblong-wind·ed·ness, noun

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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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