Word of the Day Archive
Thursday June 2, 2005
tumid \TOO-mid; TYOO-\ , adjective:
1. Swollen, enlarged, or distended; as, "a tumid leg."
2. Bulging; protuberant.
3. Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; inflated; bombastic.
Oedema -- swelling of the tissues caused by fluid retention -- had left his face pouchy and tumid.
-- Ian Thomson, "Bringing my father home", Independent, December 14, 2003
Give me your tumid, your sore, your glutted tummies, churning with hot dogs and ice cream...
-- David Nevers, "Chicken Soup in the Melting Pot", The Record, August 27, 1994
The faults throughout are the same, a tumid style, generality of emotion, imprecision of image and no definite location of anything.
-- T. S. Eliot, "letter to J.V. Healy" , November 22, 1932
Tumid comes from Latin tumidus, from tumere, "to swell."