short of breath; liable to difficulty in breathing.
brief or concise; to the point, as in speech or writing.
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How to use short-winded in a sentence
Indoors and back East he would probably have been a consumptive; out here, he was merely short-winded.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
About the end of summer found himself short winded, and lost his appetite.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses | William Withering
Recovering some of her breath, she gazed at her companion with a sort of short-winded archness.Jill the Reckless | P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The additional meal made them sluggish and short-winded, and they did not seem to thrive so well.By Canoe and Dog-Train | Egerton Ryerson Young
After the second test which was run at a "fast walk," I was not short-winded.Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for short-winded
tending to run out of breath, esp after exertion
(of speech or writing) terse or abrupt
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