A dinner with Mr. Kobayashi was nothing like “My Dinner With Andre,” the 1981 film about a playwright, a long-winded friend with an identity crisis and a meal that just seemed to drag on and on.
Mr. Kobayashi’s conversation, in English, is limited, and in Japanese, as translated by Ms. James and others at the table who spoke Japanese, he showed no signs of an identity crisis. He knew exactly who he was: someone whose day in court had gone well.
- Wearisomely verbose: a long-winded speaker. See synonyms at wordy.
- Able to maintain breathing power during exertion: a long-winded swimmer.
long-windedness long'-wind'ed·ness n.