from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Breathing with quick labored breaths.
- adjective Likely to have difficulty in breathing, especially from exertion.
- adjective Brief and succinct.
- adjective Choppy; disconnected.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Breathing with difficulty; dyspnœic.
- Unable to bear long-continued violent exertion, as running, without difficulty of breathing; out of breath.
- Panting; characterized by difficulty of breathing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Affected with shortness of breath; having a quick, difficult respiration, as dyspnoic and asthmatic persons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
out of breath, gaspingfor air, breathing rapidly; or given to easily becoming so.
Conciseand to the point(opposite of long-winded).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective breathing laboriously or convulsively
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The Roundtable is fun to participate in and you can be as long or short-winded as you like.
His last valet was a big, foundered, short-winded fellow of fifty-five, who was incapable of running twenty paces; but, as he had been born at Bayonne, M. Gillenormand called him
In tertian fever, the morbific cause seeking the heart in the first instance, and hanging about the heart and lungs, renders the patient short-winded, disposed to sighing, and indisposed to exertion, because the vital principle is oppressed and the blood forced into the lungs and rendered thick.
[Reads] ‘I will imitate the honourable Romans in brevity:’ he sure means brevity in breath, short-winded.
The brewer was large, raw-boned, and round as a butt of beer, but very fat, unwieldy, short-winded, and phlegmatic.
It has ended as would end the experiment of a man seeking to raise a breed of winning race-horses out of unexercised, short-winded, knock-kneed mares.
No — Gatsby turned out all right at the end; it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.
The friends stopped again -- poor, short-winded bodies -- on the crest of the low hill and turned to look at the wide landscape, bewildered by the marvelous beauty and the sudden flood of golden sunset light that poured out of the western sky.
Her eyes went round, and she spoke in a rapid, short-winded, staccato voice.
The Fat Boy, a rotund, short-winded little fellow, better dressed than the others although his shoes were not matching.