A Word A Day : Tumid

Friday, 25th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : too-mid


1. describes a body part or organ that is swollen

2. ostentatiously lofty in style

3. filled up with or as if with something insubstantial


Mid-16th century - Latin tumidus - tumere - swell


flatulent, inflated, overblown, tumescent, turgid, windy,



Contextual Examples:

• With all his tumid boasts, he's like the sword-fish, who only wears his weapon in his mouth.

• So high as heaved the tumid hills, so low Down sunk a hollow bottom broad and deep, Capacious bed of waters.

Related Words:

tumidity : Noun

tumidly : Adverb

tumidness : Noun

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