Definition of turbid
1a : thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment a turbid streamb : heavy with smoke or mist
2a : deficient in clarity or purity : foul, muddy turbid depths of degradation and misery — C. I. Glicksbergb : characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) an emotionally turbid response
turbidityplay \ˌtər-ˈbi-də-tē\ noun
turbidlyplay \ˈtər-bəd-lē\ adverb
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Examples of turbid in a sentence
the pond water became turbid from our swimming and splashing
Did You Know?
Turbid and "turgid" (which means "swollen or distended" or "overblown, pompous, or bombastic") are frequently mistaken for one another, and it's no wonder. Not only do the two words differ by only a letter, they are often used in contexts where either word could fit. For example, a flooded stream can be simultaneously cloudy and swollen, and badly written prose might be both unclear and grandiloquent. Nevertheless, the distinction between these two words, however fine, is an important one for conveying exact shades of meaning, so it's a good idea to keep them straight.
Origin and Etymology of turbid
Latin turbidus confused, turbid, from turba confusion, crowd, probably from Greek tyrbē confusion
First Known Use: 1626
TURBID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of turbid for English Language Learners
of a liquid : not clean or clear : cloudy or muddy
TURBID Defined for Kids
Definition of turbid for Students
: dark or discolored with sediment a turbid stream
Medical Definition of turbid
: thick or opaque with matter in suspension : cloudy or muddy in appearance turbid urine
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