from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having breath or respiratory power of a specified kind. Often used in combination: short-winded; broken-winded.
  • adj. Out of breath: a winded runner.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of wind. (To cause a person to lose their breath)
  • adj. short of breath

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. breathing laboriously or convulsively


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  • I don't know about you, but I think being long-winded is a sign of intelligence ...

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  • We only stopped talking when we were completely winded from the mountains, were taking pee breaks, (even those are minimally private in open Haitian country-side), or enjoying well-earned sleep.

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  • Already on the second page he made a deft, poetic substitution, changing "the abortive sorrows and unjustified elations of men" to "the abortive sorrows and shortwinded elations of men" – I like the echo of abortive sorrows in shortwinded, and how that brief flutter of air does its sorry best to lift elations.

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  • We rattled forward, on and upward, as if the panorama were unrolling and we were the static point, getting out of nobody's way for the best reason in the world -- that everybody hid at first sight or sound of us, except when we passed near villages, and then the great fierce-fanged curs chased and bayed behind us in short-winded fury.

    The Eye of Zeitoon

  • And there were a couple of actual sprints in there, too, which was the only time I got winded, which is incredibly exciting to me.

    breathe in, breathe out, move on

  • He should not be inaccurate, which, however, is not much; he should not be long-winded, which is a good deal; he should not be ill-tempered, which is more; but none of these faults are so damnable as eloquence.

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  • Wendy Billington Innes, clutching a wet handkerchief in her sitting-room, had believed Lilyglit had died, even though the television race commentator, still stalwartly filling up air-time for viewers, had discussed 'winded' as a cause for hope.

    The Elvis Latte

  • The term 'winded' sounded relatively minor: the reality could be frightening.

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  • He confessed that he was thoroughly "winded" when he had been following the trail for nearly two hours, so he seated himself upon a withered stump beside it to rest.

    Camp and Trail A Story of the Maine Woods

  • Prepared for such an emergency, he let go a stern anchor, cut his bow cable, and "winded" or turned his ship around so that her other side with its uninjured row of guns was presented to the _Confiance_.

    The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812 The Chronicles of America Series, Volume 17


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