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long-winded (adj.)

also longwinded, 1580s, "given to lengthy speeches," from long (adj.) + adjective from wind (n.1) in the secondary Middle English sense "breath in speaking" (early 14c.). "Using much breath," hence "tedious from length."

updated on October 10, 2017

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Definitions of long-winded from WordNet

long-winded (adj.)
using or containing too many words;
long-winded (or windy) speakers
Synonyms: tedious / verbose / windy / wordy
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