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1. Breathing with quick labored breaths.
2. Likely to have difficulty in breathing, especially from exertion.
3. Brief and succinct.
4. Choppy; disconnected.
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1. tending to run out of breath, esp after exertion
2. (of speech or writing) terse or abrupt
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1. short of breath.
2. brief or concise; to the point, as in speech or writing.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.short-winded - breathing laboriously or convulsively
breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"
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[ˈʃɔːtˈwɪndɪd] ADJcorto de resuello
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Barkis, but he was not there; and instead of him a fat, short-winded, merry-looking, little old man in black, with rusty little bunches of ribbons at the knees of his breeches, black stockings, and a broad-brimmed hat, came puffing up to the coach window, and said:
He rubbed his swarthy forehead for a moment with a good-humoured look and said apologetically, "I am such a short-winded talker that I must think a bit." Having thought a bit, he looked up again and resumed.
If he be of a stout and short-winded build, you can easily avoid his advances; but, when he is of the youthful and long-legged type, a meeting is inevitable.
It was, it must be, the short-winded Count himself, whom we all supposed to be in Rome!
Tugby panted and grumbled after them at leisure: being rendered more than commonly short-winded by the weight of the till, in which there had been an inconvenient quantity of copper.
Egyptians in general are known to be a short-winded people that expect minimal inputs to generate rapid positive outcomes.
On a late night game show on Comedy Central, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick guests Carmen Lynch, Brendon Walsh and Doug Benson extended "a short-winded welcome to our new alien overlords", according to their official website.
While watching them perform, we observed that Gary was trim, Jed was stout, and Sharon's added girth and weight appeared to have affected her singing, which was relatively shaky and short-winded. She's still a vibrant performer, but she owes it to herself to not go the way of all flab.
George's subject "Short-winded? Carers and breathlessness" was a new angle for her, as she has only recently begun appreciating that carers often need as much assessment and assistance as the person with the illness.
A popular post titled "So, You Would Like to Have Three Children" published last summer on the site Short-Winded Blog is a fine specimen of the form.
He showed us his ideas of how to play double-stops (use grace notes), long-winded phrases for short-winded hornists, and translating tricky passages into more-manageable-sized chunks, and with rewritten sections which would otherwise be left unplayable.
I avoided climbing stairs because I would become short-winded. I limited myself with household chores because I would get tired.