flac·​cid | \ ˈfla-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) also ˈflak-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \

Definition of flaccid

1a : not firm or stiff also : lacking normal or youthful firmness flaccid muscles
b of a plant part : deficient in turgor
2 : lacking vigor or force flaccid leadership

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Other Words from flaccid

flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsi-​də-​tē How to pronounce flaccidity (audio) \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē How to pronounce flaccidly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for flaccid


droopy, floppy, lank, limp, yielding


inflexible, resilient, rigid, stiff, sturdy, tense

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Examples of flaccid in a Sentence

Virgil Thomson, in his review of the evening, called the libretto "flaccid and spineless," but that is unfair. It is a witty piece of writing. — J. D. McClatchy, New Republic, 29 Nov. 1993 Her hands are long and slim, delicate, as Dorothy's were; her handshake is flaccid, her smile is sweet but unconvincing. — Richard Bausch, Esquire, August 1990 Half must have been, of course, men and women over fifty and their bodies reflected the pull of their character … many a man had a flaccid paunch … — Norman Mailer, Harper's, November 1968 the flaccid stalks of celery that had been around for far too long
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As popular as this window-fogging franchise has become, its flaccid finale is likely critic proof. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Finally, the Audience Is ‘Fifty Shades Freed’," 8 Feb. 2018 The condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, has potentially sickened 191 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The outbreak of acute flaccid myelitis, the polio-like illness affecting kids: what we know," 30 Oct. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 62 patients in 22 states have been confirmed so far this year with the debilitating condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cases of Rare Neurological Condition Rise in U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 Take care not to overcook, lest the pasta turn flaccid and shred. Gabrielle Hamilton, House Beautiful, "Gabrielle Hamilton's Pasta Kerchief with Poached Egg, French Ham, and Brown Butter," 26 Apr. 2012 But Obama’s simple existence pulled down America’s pants and exposed its flaccid inferiority complex to the world. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Blame Obama and My Mama," 2 Mar. 2018 Sincerely, David Lynch Granted, that’s a pretty flaccid admonition. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 2018 Wilted, flaccid leaves usually mean too little water. Summer Rayne Oakes, Good Housekeeping, "I Replaced My Roommate With 670 Houseplants—And It's The Best Decision I've Ever Made," 10 Aug. 2017 Pitch-black squid ink dumplings stuffed with pork and peanuts, as well as the spinach-green dumpings crowned with a dollop of XO sauce, tend to go flaccid in the steamer. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is Instagram making our dim sum better?," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of flaccid

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for flaccid

Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby

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English Language Learners Definition of flaccid

: not firm : not hard or solid
: lacking strength or force


flac·​cid | \ ˈflas-əd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) , ˈflak-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \

Medical Definition of flaccid

: not firm or stiff also : lacking normal or youthful firmness flaccid muscles

Other Words from flaccid

flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsid-​ət-​ē How to pronounce flaccidity (audio) \ noun, plural flaccidities

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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