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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Definitions for adenoidal

  1. Being characteristically pinched and nasal in tone quality.
  2. Of or pertaining to the adenoids; adenoid.
  3. Having the adenoids enlarged, especially to a degree that interferes with normal breathing.

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Citations for adenoidal
"Quite the good, old-fashioned type of servant," as Miss Marple explained afterward, and with the proper, inaudible, respectful voice, so different from the loud but adenoidal accents of Gladys. Agatha Christie, Three Blind Mice
Then just as suddenly the sensation was gone and I heard a shrill, adenoidal voice that swallowed most of its soft consonants… Charles Johnson, Middle Passage
Origin of adenoidal
1915-1920
Adenoidal only entered English in the 1910s, referring to the glands near the nasal passage.