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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.
Synonym Study
See damp. Unabridged
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  • The day had been humid, warm and sultry, and the doors and windows were open.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • We escaped finally, damp with much laughter in a humid atmosphere.

    Lotus Buds

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

  • Now, her mood was such that the humid sky harmonized with it.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The eyes, soft, humid with compassion, looked directly out to his.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
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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