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[hyoo-mid or, often, yoo-]
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  1. containing a high amount of water or water vapor; noticeably moist: humid air; a humid climate.
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Origin of humid

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin (h)ūmidus, equivalent to (h)ūm(ēre) to be moist + -idus -id4
Related formshu·mid·ly, adverbhu·mid·ness, nounsub·hu·mid, adjectiveun·hu·mid, adjective


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dank, wet.

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  1. moist; dampa humid day
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Derived Formshumidly, adverbhumidness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ūmidus, from ūmēre to be wet; see humectant, humour
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Word Origin and History for subhumid



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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