ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ (disapproval)
If you describe something that is written or said as long-winded, you are critical of it because it is longer than necessary.

The manifesto is long-winded, repetitious and often ambiguous or poorly drafted...

I hope I'm not being too long-winded.


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  • Long-winded — Long wind ed, a. 1. Long breathed; hence, tediously long in speaking; consuming much time; as, a long winded talker. [1913 Webster] A tedious, long winded harangue. South. [1913 Webster] 2. using or containing too many words; as, long winded (or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • long-winded — long wind|ed [ˌlɔŋ ˈwındıd US ˌlo:ŋ ] adj 1.) continuing to talk for too long or using too many words in a way that is boring ▪ His speeches tend to be rather long winded. 2.) if a way of doing something is long winded, it is very complicated ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • long-winded — long windedly, adv. long windedness, n. /lawng win did, long /, adj. 1. talking or writing at tedious length: long winded after dinner speakers. 2. continued to a tedious length in speech or writing: another of his long winded election speeches.… …   Universalium

  • long-winded — speech or writing continues for too long in a way that is boring. She launched into a long winded explanation of how she d found the books and I m afraid I didn t really listen …   New idioms dictionary

  • long-winded — long′ wind′ed adj. 1) talking or writing at tedious length: long winded speakers[/ex] 2) (of speech or writing) continued to a tedious length 3) able to breathe deeply; not tiring easily • Etymology: 1580–90 long′ wind′ed•ly, adv. long′… …   From formal English to slang

  • long-winded — [lôŋ′win′did] adj. 1. capable of considerable exertion without getting out of breath 2. a) speaking or writing at great, often tiresome length b) tiresomely long: said of a speech, writing, etc. long windedly adv. long windedness n …   English World dictionary

  • long-winded — (adj.) also longwinded, 1580s, given to lengthy speeches, from LONG (Cf. long) (adj.) + WIND (Cf. wind) (n.) in the secondary Middle English sense breath in speaking (early 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • long-winded — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tediously lengthy. 2) archaic capable of doing something for a long time without becoming breathless …   English terms dictionary

  • long-winded — index flatulent, loquacious, profuse, prolix, turgid, voluble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • long-winded — [adj] wordy bombastic, chatty*, gabby*, garrulous, loquacious, palaverous, prolix, rambling, talkative, verbose, voluble; concept 267 …   New thesaurus

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