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[hyoo-mid or, often, yoo-] /ˈhyu mɪd or, often, ˈyu-/
containing a high amount of water or water vapor; noticeably moist:
humid air; a humid climate.
Origin of humid
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin (h)ūmidus, equivalent to (h)ūm(ēre) to be moist + -idus -id4
Related forms
humidly, adverb
humidness, noun
subhumid, adjective
unhumid, adjective
dank, wet. See damp. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for humid
  • The beads form faster if the weather is humid or if the pie is chilled.
  • Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity outside during hot or humid weather.
  • Cold-weather noses may function differently from those that evolved in hot and humid climates.
  • Often a hurricane leaves behind stiflingly hot, humid weather that puts tempers on edge.
  • Hall says the haircut is good for the animals, given the hot and humid weather.
  • Hotter, more humid weather shortens mosquito breeding cycles.
  • Even dried salted cod will turn if kept long enough in hot humid weather.
  • Anyone familiar with summer lightning might suspect a link between humid air and electricity.
  • For one thing, the paper always jams on humid or rainy days.
  • Hoards of bats cut through the mosquito-infested humid air.
British Dictionary definitions for humid


moist; damp: a humid day
Derived Forms
humidly, adverb
humidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ūmidus, from ūmēre to be wet; see humectant, humour
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Word Origin and History for humid

early 15c., from Old French humide or directly from Latin humidus "moist, wet," variant (probably by influence of humus "earth") of umidus, from umere "be moist," from PIE *wegw- "wet."

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