Definition of long-winded in English:



  • 1(of speech or writing) continuing at length and in a tedious way.

    ‘his good wishes were long-winded but sincere’
    • ‘Next he had to sit through a long-winded speech for work.’
    • ‘Stodgy, long-winded writing is still wasting time and money and cheating people of the chance to make an informed decision.’
    • ‘Allison could tell he was one to give long-winded speeches.’
    • ‘It is a long-winded, discursive discussion about benefits and costs, without any clarity at all.’
    • ‘These vigils aren't rallies or places to give long-winded speeches.’
    • ‘The guy thinks that attending court receptions with boring old guys reciting long-winded speeches is fun!’
    • ‘There were no long-winded speeches boasting of his winning record or what he would do to his next opponent.’
    • ‘Instead of a boring long-winded explanation, let's just leave it by saying that the real GDP is the actual GDP minus the growth attributed to inflation.’
    • ‘Danielle might have expected a long-winded, emotional speech about the woman's dream, but her tone was all business.’
    • ‘In another room, long-winded speeches are given.’
    • ‘We've all had to put up with long-winded legal writing.’
    • ‘‘Most organisations have too many long-winded and boring meetings and that needs to change,’ Mr Markey added.’
    • ‘In the old days, legislators delivered long-winded, convoluted, extemporaneous speeches from the floor.’
    • ‘If he gives long-winded answers, you could ask three questions.’
    • ‘I can tell that this is going to be one of those long-winded, rambling posts about nothing at all.’
    • ‘It seemed to Jordan that he was going into another long-winded speech.’
    • ‘None of the youngsters made long-winded speeches, but they said it all through sprightly dances that were a celebration of life and an exhibition of talent.’
    • ‘Okay, Peter, I'll give you a break from my long-winded questions about your books.’
    • ‘I'll have my laptop with me, so infrequent updates should be possible - just don't expect much rambling, nor any long-winded airport monologues.’
    • ‘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.’
    lengthy, long, overlong, prolonged, protracted, long-drawn-out, interminable, tedious, wearisome, boring
    discursive, diffuse, rambling, meandering, repetitious, tautological, periphrastic, circumlocutory, tortuous, verbose, wordy, prolix
    pleonastic, ambagious, sesquipedalian
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    1. 1.1archaic Capable of doing something for a long time without needing a rest.