hu·​mid | \ ˈhyü-məd , ˈyü-\

Definition of humid

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

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Other Words from humid

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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Sometimes called the Rose Painted Calathea, this alluring offering from Léon and George is native to Brazil, and keeps best in humid climates and bright, indirect sunlight. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Botanical Valentine’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Bouquets," 17 Jan. 2019 Daoud, the music school director, said the resort is far away, hard to reach for students and its humid conditions will damage the piano. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Days after concert, Gaza’s grand piano seized by merchant," 28 Nov. 2018 One more day of above average temperatures and humid conditions across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic today. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Temperatures will drop across the Northeast, and we're watching the tropics," 30 Aug. 2018 This Tuesday, high pressure will bring mostly sunny, hot and more humid conditions with highs in the 80s and lower 90s. Gary Lessor,, "Sunny, Hot, Humid Conditions Tuesday," 9 July 2018 The first would be a strong ridge across the East Coast that would provide warmer and more humid conditions. Dave Epstein,, "What’s the weather going to be like the rest of the summer?," 6 July 2018 The chemical propellant in the air bag inflators can deteriorate in hot, humid conditions and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and creating shrapnel. Washington Post, "Takata air bag recall made compulsory for Australia vehicles," 6 Mar. 2018 There are a couple ways to approach a hot and humid climate: Either shut it out or embrace it fully. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tropical modern house has a courtyard filled with palm trees," 23 Oct. 2018 Cloudless skies that heat the humid atmosphere into a pressure cooker. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018

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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 , ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humid

: moist a humid climate


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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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