One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of a part of the body) swollen.‘a tumid belly’
expanded, distended, bulging, inflamed, inflated, enlarged, dilated, bloated, blown-up, puffed up, puffy, ballooning, protruding, prominent, stretched, tumescentswollen, distended, tumescent, engorged, tumefied, enlarged, bloated, bulging, protuberant, bulbousView synonyms
- ‘The rights to a future project currently sit in the directors tumid billfold.’
- ‘Plate surfaces more commonly exhibit a prominent tumid center.’
- ‘The jungle is dense, tumid, and bejeweled with parrots.’
- ‘It has a tumid rounded shape.’
- ‘What was he doing easing my friend up across his tumid belly and onto his lap?’
2(especially of language or literary style) pompous or bombastic.‘tumid oratory’bombastic, pompous, turgid, overblown, overripe, inflated, high-flown, affected, pretentious, grandiose, florid, flowery, ornate, magniloquent, grandiloquent, rhetorical, oratorical, orotundView synonyms
Mid 16th century: from Latin tumidus, from tumere ‘to swell’.
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