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 flaccid (audio) \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē How to pronounce flaccid (audio) \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery, which helps children with a spinal disorder known as acute flaccid myelitis that causes paralysis become stronger and regain some use of their limbs. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, 7 Apr. 2021 Models show the same pattern for enterovirus D68, and probably for acute flaccid myelitis too. Adam Rogers, Wired, 16 Mar. 2021 As late as the early ’90s, hefty players in flaccid khakis like John Daly were winning tours. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2021 She was injected into a flaccid campaign as a stimulant, an identity politics ploy against the first Black presidential candidate. Alyson Cole, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2021 There's also the issue that if your partner goes flaccid then pulls out later, the condom can stay inside you without either of you noticing. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 29 Dec. 2020 Clarkson was a huge midseason pickup for Utah this past season, sparking a previously flaccid second unit with his high-octane style. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2020 The 22-year-old who grew up idolizing Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic ran his fastball up to 100 mph, neutralizing an already flaccid Cubs offense over five innings. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2020 Cases of a polio-like condition in children, called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, may start to spike again starting this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday. NBC News, 4 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of flaccid was in 1620

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“Flaccid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaccid. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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 flaccid (audio) \ noun, plural flaccidities

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