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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
Related forms
long-windedly, adverb
long-windedness, noun Unabridged
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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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