hu·​mid ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio)
: containing or characterized by perceptible moisture especially to the point of being oppressive
humidly adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for humid

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of humid was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Humid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


hu·​mid ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio)
: damp entry 3, moist
a humid climate
humidly adverb

Medical Definition


hu·​mid ˈhyü-məd How to pronounce humid (audio) ˈyü- How to pronounce humid (audio)
: containing or characterized by perceptible moisture especially to the point of being oppressive
a hot humid climate

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