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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Foo Fighters Cover AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' in BBC's Live Lounge," 12 Sep. 2017 Cosell was homely, with an adenoidal voice and a collection of toupees. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: Foils and Friends Bound by Mutual Respect," 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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