Synonyms for winded

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I could see the tip of One-Tusk's trunk go up with a start every time he winded it.

Lifting myself to catch the upper scent, I winded a man that was not of Ty-uonyi.

He got it out in gasps, winded by his short run and by the excitement that possessed him.

Trixy was winded, and for a moment Haig rested her, while he surveyed the scene.

But Peter was so small, so winded, that he gave up the idea and trudged on to the west.

"Let's get up closer," gasped Dick, who was winded from the long chase.

The horse was not winded, but it trembled and reeked with sweat and lather.

I also play basket ball, but get winded very early in the game.

He spoke to Webber, with great difficulty because he was winded.

The she-bear had become afraid of them, and when she winded them she went aside.


"air in motion," Old English wind, from Proto-Germanic *wendas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch wind, Old Norse vindr, Old High German wind, German Wind, Gothic winds), from PIE *we-nt-o- "blowing," from root *we- "to blow" (cf. Sanskrit va-, Greek aemi-, Gothic waian, Old English wawan, Old High German wajan, German wehen, Old Church Slavonic vejati "to blow;" Sanskrit vatah, Avestan vata-, Hittite huwantis, Latin ventus, Old Church Slavonic vetru, Lithuanian vejas "wind;" Lithuanian vetra "tempest, storm;" Old Irish feth "air;" Welsh gwynt, Breton gwent "wind").

Normal pronunciation evolution made this word rhyme with kind and rind (Donne rhymes it with mind), but it shifted to a short vowel 18c., probably from influence of windy, where the short vowel is natural. A sad loss for poets, who now must rhyme it only with sinned and a handful of weak words. Symbolic of emptiness and vanity since late 13c.

Meaning "breath" is attested from late Old English; especially "breath in speaking" (early 14c.), so long-winded, also "easy or regular breathing" (early 14c.), hence second wind in the figurative sense (by 1830), an image from the sport of hunting.

Figurative phrase which way the wind blows for "the current state of affairs" is suggested from c.1400. To get wind of "receive information about" is by 1809, perhaps inspired by French avoir le vent de. To take the wind out of (one's) sails in the figurative sense (by 1883) is an image from sailing, where a ship without wind can make no progress. Wind-chill index is recorded from 1939. Wind energy from 1976. Wind vane from 1725.



adjectiveunable to respire normally
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