Definition of turgid in English:


Line breaks: tur¦gid
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːdʒɪd


  • 1Swollen and distended or congested: a turgid and fast-moving river
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    • Pale sunlight filters through the trees that overhang the water's edge, throwing veiled patches of gold onto the turgid brown river where cattle drink under the watchful eye of a young herdsman.
    • She talked of her French ancestors who swam 30 miles down the turgid Mississippi river from Canada to St. Paul, Minnesota.
    • The river is a brown, turgid worm as broad as a peaty salmon-spawn stream.
    swollen, congested; in spate, in flood



Pronunciation: /-ˈdʒɪdɪti/
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  • The subsequent wilting phase affects the turgidity of the whole flower and there is a loss of colour intensity.
  • Those who post articles here or set up new websites aren't afraid of length or turgidity, and this is territory where issues is not a bad word.
  • Any fears of unnecessary verbosity and turgidity are misplaced.


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  • The keyboards were among the worst, least responsive and accurate I've ever used anywhere, and the operating system seemed turgidly slow and reluctant even when compared with my four-year old Celeron 400 system.
  • I'm not referring here to fidgeting uncomfortably while an unseasoned actor lurches turgidly through thousands of rhyming couplets.
  • The day I was there, the head of the OEB hearing panel was turgidly churning through a ruling on energy conservation plans.


early 17th century: from Latin turgidus, from turgere 'to swell'.

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