Definition of long-winded in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌlôNGˈwindəd/


1(Of speech or writing) continuing at length and in a tedious way: his good wishes were long-winded but sincere
More example sentences
  • The guy thinks that attending court receptions with boring old guys reciting long-winded speeches is fun!
  • In a long-winded speech peppered with German phrases no one else understood, he made it sound as if television was right up there with sharing dirty needles or deforestation.
  • In another room, long-winded speeches are given.
verbose, wordy, lengthy, long, overlong, prolix, prolonged, protracted, long-drawn-out, interminable;
discursive, diffuse, rambling, tortuous, meandering, repetitious, maundering
informal windy
1.1 archaic Capable of doing something for a long time without needing a rest.



Example sentences
  • Even the ones I long-windedly quote, Galbraith and Ormerod, are not exactly anti-capitalism, free markets or globalisation.
  • The subject tends to take over the poetry long-windedly and makes many of the poems interchangeable.


Pronunciation: /ˌlôNGˈwindidnəs/
Example sentences
  • There are short, clean-cut, crisp sentences with none of the wordy, long-windedness of one who has spent long years on the Bench.
  • Then the long-windedness gets boring without vocals to guide it.
  • Election Night coverage on TV tends to become a marathon of long-windedness.

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Syllabification: long-wind·ed

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