Definition of turbid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtərbəd/


1(Of a liquid) cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter: the turbid estuary
More example sentences
  • Cloudy or turbid water can quickly clog a filter and shorten the life of the unit.
  • Although they prefer clear, fresh running water, they seasonally adapt to turbid water caused by runoff and flooding during the rainy season.
  • Visual signals are also used in aquatic environments, however turbid water reduces visibility very rapidly and may adversely effect visual communication.
murky, opaque, cloudy, unclear, muddy, thick, milky, roily
1.1Confused or obscure in meaning or effect: a turbid piece of cinéma vérité


Is it turbid or turgid? Turbid is used of a liquid or color to mean ‘muddy, not clear’: turbid water. Turgid means ‘swollen, inflated, enlarged’: turgid veins. Both turbid and turgid can also be used to describe language or literary style: as such, turbid means ‘confused, muddled’ ( the turbid utterances of Carlyle), and turgid means ‘pompous, bombastic’ ( a turgid and pretentious essay).



Pronunciation: /tərˈbidədē/
Example sentences
  • The region's health officials now require lower levels of turbidity in drinking water.
  • They increase turbidity, feed on molluscs, crustaceans, insect larvae, plankton and seeds and carry the anchor worm that harms native fish such as the Murray cod and silver perch.
  • Suspended solids and turbidity were significantly greater in the small gizzard shad treatment relative to the other treatments.


Example sentences
  • Phoenicians creatively and turbidly cope with their water emergency.


Pronunciation: /ˈtərbədnəs/
Example sentences
  • Water turbidness can be simulated with a fog effect.


Late Middle English (in the figurative sense): from Latin turbidus, from turba 'a crowd, a disturbance'.

  • trouble from Middle English:

    Our word trouble comes, by way of Old French truble, from Latin turbidus ‘disturbed, turbid’, source of turbid (early 17th century), and related to disturb (Middle English), perturb (Late Middle English), and turbulent (mid 16th century). From the start, in the 13th century, it meant ‘difficulty or problems’. ‘Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward’ is from the biblical book of Job who was a virtuous man that God tested by sending him many troubles. Most people now think of the Troubles in Northern Ireland as beginning in the early 1970s, but the same term applied to the unrest around the partition of Ireland in 1921, and in an 1880 glossary of words used in Antrim and Down the Troubles are defined as ‘the Irish rebellion of 1641’. The first troubleshooters had a very specific occupation. In the early years of the 20th century they mended faults on telegraph or telephone lines.

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Syllabification: tur·bid

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