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(lông′wĭn′dĭd, lŏng′-)
1. Wearisomely verbose: a long-winded speaker. See Synonyms at wordy.
2. Able to maintain breathing power during exertion: a long-winded swimmer.

long′-wind′ed·ly adv.
long′-wind′ed·ness n.
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Noun1.long-windedness - boring verbosity
verboseness, verbosity - an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
turgidity, turgidness, flatulence - pompously embellished language
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Ezra Pound did not rate Giraut's poetry highly and could not understand why Dante included him in De Vulgari Eloquentia, though he defends Giraut from accusations of long-windedness and didacticism--Pound knew the taste for detachment and concision was a modern one, and not intrinsic to the general taste for good poetry.
Smiling, fully conscious of his long-windedness, like after finishing a saxophone solo, what they call "writing a letter," Joe returned to the reality of the car, released the steering wheel with his right hand and caressed her arm.
There's no preamble, no long-windedness, no beating around the bush.
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The 32-year-old Nashville resident wants to emulate the adventurousness of the college radio format without the long-windedness of its DJs.
Heavily into death, drear and long-windedness, one had to admire further solo efforts by soprano Narucki.
The old man's typical long-windedness. I empathize, believe me.
A British nobleman, Lord Birkett, known for his long-windedness, once said: "I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking.
When such insights occasionally emerge--such as when Downey quotes a friend of Perkins' as saying the labor secretary "was particularly easy to pick on, being easily agitated and not too tactful" or reveals that Perkins' fellow Cabinet members were put off by her long-windedness at meetings--they come as a surprise.
He also increasingly offered a contrast to Gorbachev's long-windedness and inclination to vacillate.
Homeboy definitely needed an editor to stem his long-windedness.
(44) The particular joke about Stertinius, I am suggesting, is not necessarily that he himself is snoring, but rather that his long-windedness has the effect of making his listeners resort to snoring.