tumid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tumid of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
    • adj tumid abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas "hungry children with bloated stomachs","he had a grossly distended stomach","eyes with puffed (or puffy) lids","swollen hands","tumescent tissue","puffy tumid flesh"
    • adj tumid ostentatiously lofty in style "a man given to large talk","tumid political prose"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tumid Rising above the level; protuberant. "So high as heaved the tumid hills."
    • Tumid Swelled, enlarged, or distended; as, a tumid leg; tumid flesh.
    • Tumid Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; puffy; inflated; bombastic; falsely sublime; turgid; as, a tumid expression; a tumid style.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tumid Swollen; slightly inflated; tumefied: as, a tumid leg; tumid flesh.
    • tumid Protuberant; rising above the level.
    • tumid Swelling in sound or sense; pompous; bombastic; inflated: as, a tumid expression; a tumid style.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tumid tū′mid swollen or enlarged: inflated: falsely sublime: bombastic
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Quotations

  • John Madden
    John Madden
    “With all his tumid boasts, he's like the sword-fish, who only wears his weapon in his mouth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tumidus, fr. tumere, to swell; cf. Skr. tumra, strong, fat. Cf. Thumb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tumidustumēre, to swell.

Usage

In literature:

Fu-Manchu picked his way through the fungi ranks as daintily as though the distorted, tumid things had been viper-headed.
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
First he walked up and down with the open volume in his hand, rolling his eyes, choking, tumid, apoplectic.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
There is nothing like the dead cold hand of the Past to take down our tumid egotism and lead us into the solemn flow of the life of our race.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
He had coarse features, a blunt nose, a convex and receding brow, tumid and protruded lips.
"Dubliners" by James Joyce
The words he penned were tumid, meaningless.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
My nights are restless, my breath is difficult, and my lower parts continue tumid.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
But I think his diction not distinguishable from that of others: the most tumid speech in the play is that which Caesar makes to Octavia.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
To give relief to subjects prosaic as these without seeming unreasonably tumid is extremely difficult.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
It becomes grander, sometimes wilder, sometimes more swelling, even tumid.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
Tumid: swollen; enlarged; puffed up.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
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In poetry:

Let those who to this daedal Valley throng
And by my tumid Ashes pass along,
Let them be glad with this consoling Thought:
I got a Market Value for my Song.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Again the labouring hind inverts the soil;
Again the merchant ploughs the tumid wave;
Another spring renews the soldier's toil,
And finds me vacant in the rural cave.
"Elegy XIX. - Written in Spring, 1743" by William Shenstone
Triumphant, riding o'er its tumid prey,
Rolls the red stream in sanguinary pride;
While anxious crowds, in vain, expectant stay,
And ask the swoln corse from the murdering tide.
"Elegy Occasioned" by Henry Kirke White