from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Swollen; distended. Used of a body part or organ.
  • adj. Of a bulging shape; protuberant.
  • adj. Overblown; bombastic: tumid political prose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. swollen, enlarged, bulging
  • adj. cancerous, unhealthy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Swelled, enlarged, or distended
  • adj. Rising above the level; protuberant.
  • adj. Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; puffy; inflated; bombastic; falsely sublime; turgid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swollen; slightly inflated; tumefied: as, a tumid leg; tumid flesh.
  • Protuberant; rising above the level.
  • Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; bombastic; inflated: as, a tumid expression; a tumid style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
  • adj. ostentatiously lofty in style
  • adj. of sexual organs; stiff and rigid


Latin tumidus, from tumēre, to swell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin tumidus ("swollen"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "Now there was the easy motion of the boat, the creak of thole-pins, the sea-air on his stiff, tumid, sightless face; and now among the perceptions that failed him were those of pain and of time..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 371

    March 9, 2008