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Tumid \Tu"mid\, a. [L. tumidus, fr. tumere to swell; cf. Skr. tumra strong, fat. Cf. Thumb.]

  1. Swelled, enlarged, or distended; as, a tumid leg; tumid flesh.

  2. Rising above the level; protuberant.

    So high as heaved the tumid hills.

  3. Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; puffy; inflated; bombastic; falsely sublime; turgid; as, a tumid expression; a tumid style. [1913 Webster] -- Tu"mid*ly, adv. -- Tu"mid*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"morbidly swollen," 1540s, from Latin tumidus "swollen, swelling, rising high," figuratively "swollen with anger or pride," from tumere "to swell," from PIE root *teue- (2) "to swell" (see thigh). Figurative sense in English (in reference to prose, etc.) is attested from 1640s. Related: Tumidity.


a. 1 swollen, enlarged, bulge 2 cancerous, unhealthy

  1. adj. ostentatiously lofty in style; "a man given to large talk"; "tumid political prose" [syn: bombastic, declamatory, large, orotund, turgid]

  2. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas; "hungry children with bloated stomachs"; "he had a grossly distended stomach"; "eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids"; "swollen hands"; "tumescent tissue"; "puffy tumid flesh" [syn: bloated, distended, puffed, puffy, swollen, tumescent, turgid]

  3. of sexual organs; stiff and rigid [syn: erect]

Usage examples of "tumid".

Turold growled, and Aldyth heard scuffling sounds as the feet belonging to G-odric and Tumid mingled.

Then Tumid looked back and up, in the direction of her wind w, and she ducked down just in time.

The symptoms which indicate danger are a tumid and hard abdomen, difficult breathing, offensive and profuse diarrhea, bloody urine, delirium, or insensibility.

The disease may be suspected, if there has been an abscess in the parts involved, or if the patient has been subject to pain in the rectum, and the parts are tender, tumid, or indurated.

It is readily distinguished under the form of a soft, doughy, compressible, knotty, and unequal enlargement of the veins, and a tumid condition of the adjacent parts.

First he walked up and down with the open volume in his hand, rolling his eyes, choking, tumid, apoplectic.

VICE: And, secret one, what hast thou done, To compare, in thy tumid pride, with me?

He had coarse features, a blunt nose, a convex and receding brow, tumid and protruded lips.

Without eyes, the discoverer gazed speculatively upon the bipeds as they moved hesitantly through the tumid slipstream that was the real universe.

And never was there a more perfect voice for a demagogue, its reverberations awakening echoes in every heart tumid with unrequited desire.

Ugly ambulant plants sidle up and press their tumid calyces against me, dusting my liners with pollen.

More tumid rain-clouds were approaching fast from the east, borne by the obdurate breeze.

I found a mouth tumid with desire and I drank from it dark and secret things.

But the sensation of speed and the vibration of the car, the sway of it as he rounded the gentle curves, seemed to enhance his tumid state.

Sunlight drenched us, though more than a third of the sky was black, tumid with rain, intermittently aflicker with electricity.