Definition of turgid in English:

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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
2(Of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic: some turgid verses on the death of Prince Albert
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  • Its style is turgid and convoluted.
  • The style was turgid, the characters were poorly outlined and too ‘original’.
  • The majority of them are written in a boring, turgid style.
bombastic, pompous, overblown, overripe, inflated, high-flown, affected, pretentious, grandiose, florid, flowery, ornate, magniloquent, grandiloquent, rhetorical, oratorical, orotund;
stodgy, ponderous, laboured, strained, stilted
informal highfalutin, purple, windy
rare tumid, euphuistic, fustian, sesquipedalian, Ossianic



Pronunciation: /təːˈdʒɪdɪti/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈtəːdʒɪdli/
Example sentences
  • 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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