hu·​mid | \ ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio) , ˈyü-\

Definition of humid

: containing or characterized by perceptible moisture especially to the point of being oppressive

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humidly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for humid


damp, muggy, sticky, sultry



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wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of humid in a Sentence

the air was so humid that our beach towels hanging on the line never really got dry

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At the heart of the network, the towns of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside provide plenty of jumping-off points for exploring this diverse system that encompasses arid piñon-juniper grasslands, humid creekside corridors and fragrant pine woodlands. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Shady, easy-to-navigate forest trail leads to big mountain views," 21 June 2019 There’s a covered terrace where families with young children seemed to get herded, a bit humid for summertime. Michael Mayo,, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 That has kept humid, warm air well south of Wisconsin. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Yeah, we know it's been cold and rainy in Wisconsin. Blame the jet stream.," 17 June 2019 Zloczower works for a company called Watergen, which has made a name for itself manufacturing an ingenious piece of technology that vacuums up humid outside air and, in a matter of minutes, can spit out hyper-clean drinking water. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Israel has a plan for avoiding climate calamity," 15 June 2019 Crickets on a humid night as the temperature cools. Polly Campbell,, "Here's what you need to eat (and drink) in Cincinnati this summer," 13 June 2019 Every year more than 200,000 people visit Oregon’s enormous Sea Lion Caves on the coast to press against a heavy screen in darkness and watch a large colony of the animals, drinking in the humid perfume of sea lion and sea. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 During the summer months, my apartment becomes super humid and muggy, to the point of feeling almost unbearable at times. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best deals and sales this Thursday," 6 June 2019 And many young Chinese grow up unaware of what happened that humid night 30 years ago. Time Staff, Time, "'I've Been Told Lies.' Young Chinese Recall When They First Learned of Tiananmen," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of humid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humid

French or Latin; French humide, from Latin humidus, from humēre

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English Language Learners Definition of humid

: having a lot of moisture in the air


hu·​mid | \ ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio) , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humid

: moist a humid climate


hu·​mid | \ ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio) , ˈyü- How to pronounce humid (audio) \

Medical Definition of humid

: containing or characterized by perceptible moisture especially to the point of being oppressive a hot humid climate

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