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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: humidus, from humere 'to be slightly wet'

humid

adjective
     
hu‧mid
if the weather is humid, you feel uncomfortable because the air is very wet and usually hot:
Tokyo is extremely humid in mid-summer.
! Humid, moist, or damp?
see usage note damp1WORD FOCUS: wet WORD FOCUS: wet
very wet: soaked, drenched

a little wet: damp, moist

wet and soft: soggy

when the air feels wet: humid, damp, muggy


See also
wet
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

damp, moist, humid
Use damp especially to say that something is slightly wet in an unpleasant way The room was cold and damp.Use moist to say that something is slightly wet in a pleasant way or in the way it should be She took a mouthful of the delicious moist cake. rich, moist soilUse humid to talk about the weather or the air when it is slightly wet and makes you feel uncomfortable the hot humid atmosphere of a greenhouseSee also damp

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