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[shawrt-win-did] /ˈʃɔrtˈwɪn dɪd/
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
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Then they are like a short-winded boy, and do not do their work well.

    Applied Physiology Frank Overton
  • "He aer a plaguey feller, he's that short-winded," grumbled Bill.

    Indian and Scout F. S. Brereton
  • His imagination is short-winded, dry, and apt to lose itself in speculation.

    The Real Gladstone J. Ewing Ritchie
  • She panted a little as she spoke, like a short-winded lap-dog.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
  • For in what does the short-winded poet himself excel the common unimaginative person who talks or who stares?

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • The surface of the ground was hard, and the old man was short-winded; he could hardly gather enough force to drive the spade in.

    A Loose End and Other Stories S. Elizabeth Hall
  • He was a big, thick-set, older boy than Bascom, but short-winded and inclined toward laziness.

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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short-winded in Medicine

short-winded adj.

  1. Breathing with quick, labored breaths.

  2. Likely to have difficulty in breathing, especially from exertion.

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