ad·​e·​noi·​dal | \ ˌa-də-ˈnȯi-dᵊl How to pronounce adenoidal (audio) \

Definition of adenoidal

: exhibiting the characteristics (such as snoring, mouth breathing, and voice nasality) of one affected with abnormally enlarged adenoids : adenoid an adenoidal tenor not usually used technically

Examples of adenoidal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But between the adenoidal sneer of his voice and the class-conscious bite of his lyrics, Elvis Costello managed to meet the moment in 1977 as punk rock was sweeping through London and making the old guard irrelevant. Al Shipley, SPIN, 30 Jan. 2022 Their adenoidal squeak and chuckly delivery disguise both the stripping away of human culture and the ineffectuality of that culture that are his chief themes. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Guitarist Chris Shiflett slashes through the mix with tasteful solos, but the true hero is frontman Dave Grohl, who gives a remarkable approximation of Bon Scott’s adenoidal scream. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, 12 Sep. 2017 Cosell was homely, with an adenoidal voice and a collection of toupees. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 4 June 2016

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First Known Use of adenoidal

1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adenoidal

adenoid entry 2 + -al entry 1

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“Adenoidal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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ad·​e·​noi·​dal | \ ˌad-ᵊn-ˈȯid-ᵊl How to pronounce adenoidal (audio) \

Medical Definition of adenoidal

: exhibiting the characteristics (as snoring, mouth breathing, and voice nasality) of one affected with abnormally enlarged adenoids : adenoid not usually used technically


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