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Thursday, April 26, 2012

adenoidal

\ad-n-OID-l\ , adjective;
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.
Quotes:
"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:
Adenoidal only entered English in the 1910s, referring to the glands near the nasal passage.
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