flac·​cid ˈfla-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio)
ˈflak-səd How to pronounce flaccid (audio)
: not firm or stiff
also : lacking normal or youthful firmness
flaccid muscles
of a plant part : deficient in turgor
: lacking vigor or force
flaccid leadership
flaccidity noun
flaccidly adverb

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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Word History


Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flaccid was in 1620

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Cite this Entry

“Flaccid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flaccid. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: not firm or stiff

Medical Definition


: not firm or stiff
also : lacking normal or youthful firmness
flaccid muscles
flaccidity noun
plural flaccidities

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