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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flaccidity \ fla(k)-​ˈsi-​də-​tē How to pronounce flaccidity (audio) \ noun
flaccidly \ ˈfla(k)-​səd-​lē How to pronounce flaccidly (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 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, "Marlins' magical season continues with sweep of Cubs, trip to NLDS," 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, "Cases of polio-like illness may increase among children, CDC warns," 4 Aug. 2020 Acute flaccid myelitis first started causing concern in 2014, when it was diagnosed in 120 patients in 34 states. Maggie Fox, CNN, "CDC warns parents to be on lookout for acute flaccid myelitis in children," 4 Aug. 2020 The flaccid pouch at his neck tumesces with song, sharp little honks that sound like didgeridoo notes. Anna Peele, Washington Post, "The Gray Cockatoo Is Lonely Without You," 24 June 2020 This gives their muscles appear more toned and firm than flaccid and flabby. Tiffany Ayuda, Health.com, "What Are Fast-Twitch Muscle Fibers and Why Is it Important to Keep Them Strong?," 15 June 2020 The puma grips the fallen guanaco’s neck with her heavy teeth, and begins to drag its massive, flaccid corpse up and over the high plains of the southern Andes, toward the spot where her hungry cubs are waiting. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020 Questions unanswered: Acute flaccid myelitis strikes active 4-year-old. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Mysterious polio-like disease targeting kids may be caused by 'missing' virus, study says," 22 Oct. 2019 Cases of the illness, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, suddenly surged in 2018, baffling the Centers for Disease Control and doctors. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Polio-Like Illness Paralyzing Children May Be a Viral Infection, Study Says," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Oct 2020

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“Flaccid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaccid. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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