[ too-mes-uhnt, tyoo- ]
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  1. swelling; slightly tumid.

  2. exhibiting or affected with many ideas or emotions; teeming.

  1. pompous and pretentious, especially in the use of language; bombastic.

Origin of tumescent

1880–85; <Latin tumēscent- (stem of tumēscēns, present participle of tumēscere to begin to swell), equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ēscent--escent

Other words from tumescent

  • tu·mes·cence, noun

Words Nearby tumescent

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How to use tumescent in a sentence

  • The bear, suddenly tumescent, sexually penetrates one of the ubiquitous sandals seen on Russian men anytime in summer.

  • Except for the occasional mosquito, there was no sound save the tumescent sea and his voice.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb | Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for tumescent


/ (tjuːˈmɛsənt) /

  1. swollen or becoming swollen

Origin of tumescent

C19: from Latin tumescere to begin to swell, from tumēre

Derived forms of tumescent

  • tumescence, noun

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