flac·​cid | \ˈfla-səd also ˈflak-səd \

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 \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē \ 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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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 Put away thoughts of the ballpark and flaccid franks steeping in tepid water. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Denver chef tops hot dogs with anchovies, kimchee," 29 Apr. 2018 But after the hyperactive, popular Roosevelt, Taft seemed staid, uninspiring, flaccid. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "‘William Howard Taft’ Review: Taking the Bully Out of the Pulpit," 19 Mar. 2018 Buscemi works his way into Khrushchev more gradually, and Tambor’s Malenkov remains rather too flaccid throughout. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "The Death of Stalin Is a Wicked Farce," 16 Mar. 2018 There is always the fear of some narrowly lost election clouding the judgment of the DCCC, and this flaccid, uninspiring leadership is the result of it. Drew Magary, GQ, "The Democrats Can't Stop Using the Same Broken Playbook," 8 Mar. 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, ˈflak-səd \

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 \ noun plural -ties

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