flaccid

adjective flac·cid \ ˈfla-səd also ˈflak-səd \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of flaccid

1 a :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

flaccidity

play \fla(k)-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun

flaccidly

play \ˈfla(k)-səd-lē\ adverb

Examples of flaccid in a Sentence

  1. 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. McClatchyNew Republic29 Nov. 1993
  2. Her hands are long and slim, delicate, as Dorothy's were; her handshake is flaccid, her smile is sweet but unconvincing. —Richard BauschEsquireAugust 1990
  3. 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 MailerHarper'sNovember 1968
  4. the flaccid stalks of celery that had been around for far too long

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Origin and Etymology of flaccid

Latin flaccidus, from flaccus flabby

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FLACCID Defined for English Language Learners

flaccid

adjective

Definition of flaccid for English Language Learners

  • : not firm : not hard or solid

  • : lacking strength or force


Medical Dictionary

flaccid

adjective flac·cid \ ˈflas-əd , ˈflak-səd \

medical Definition of flaccid

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

flaccidity

play \fla(k)-ˈsid-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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