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
- ‘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?’
- ‘The rights to a future project currently sit in the directors tumid billfold.’
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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