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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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  • Some distant flashes of lightning could still be seen; the perfume of humid verdure filled the warm air.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • We escaped finally, damp with much laughter in a humid atmosphere.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
  • Our climate is very different in its character and conditions from that of Europe, and especially that of humid England.

  • Spero stood at the writing-desk for a time, and his dark eyes were humid.

  • He had been so imprudent as to drive home in the humid air of a January evening and he had caught a cold.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
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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