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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, tumescentView synonyms
- ‘The rights to a future project currently sit in the directors tumid billfold.’
- ‘What was he doing easing my friend up across his tumid belly and onto his lap?’
- ‘The jungle is dense, tumid, and bejeweled with parrots.’
- ‘Plate surfaces more commonly exhibit a prominent tumid center.’
- ‘It has a tumid rounded shape.’
2(especially of language or literary style) pompous or bombastic:‘tumid oratory’
Mid 16th century: from Latin tumidus, from tumere to swell.
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