turbid

adjective
tur·​bid | \ ˈtər-bəd How to pronounce turbid (audio) \

Definition of turbid

1a : thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment a turbid stream
b : heavy with smoke or mist
2a : deficient in clarity or purity : foul, muddy turbid depths of degradation and misery— C. I. Glicksberg
b : characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) an emotionally turbid response

Other Words from turbid

turbidity \ ˌtər-​ˈbi-​də-​tē How to pronounce turbid (audio) \ noun
turbidly \ ˈtər-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce turbid (audio) \ adverb
turbidness noun

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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. Turbid, like its relative turbulent, comes ultimately from the Latin noun turba, meaning "confusion" or "crowd."

Examples of turbid in a Sentence

the pond water became turbid from our swimming and splashing
Recent Examples on the Web Water service was cut to more than 760,000 customers — two thirds of the total on the island — because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said. DÁnica Coto, ajc, 20 Sep. 2022 Water service was cut to more than 837,000 customers – two-thirds of the total on the island – because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said. Maricarmen Rivera Sanchez And Dánica Coto, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2022 More than 837,000 customers had their water service cut because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, according to authorities. Landon Mion, Fox News, 20 Sep. 2022 Water service was cut to more than 837,000 customers — two-thirds of the total on the island — because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Sep. 2022 Water service was cut to more than 837,000 customers — two thirds of the total on the island — because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said. Danica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Sep. 2022 The lack of power plus turbid water at filtration plants cut off water service for more two-thirds of the island. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 Water service was cut to more than 760,000 customers — two thirds of the total on the island — because of turbid water at filtration plants or lack of power, officials said. DÁnica Coto, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Sep. 2022 At the time, however, everything was roiling and turbid. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of turbid

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for turbid

Latin turbidus confused, turbid, from turba confusion, crowd, probably from Greek tyrbē confusion

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26 Sep 2022

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“Turbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbid. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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turbid

adjective
tur·​bid | \ ˈtər-bəd How to pronounce turbid (audio) \

Kids Definition of turbid

: dark or discolored with sediment a turbid stream

turbid

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tur·​bid | \ ˈtər-bəd How to pronounce turbid (audio) \

Medical Definition of turbid

: thick or opaque with matter in suspension : cloudy or muddy in appearance turbid urine

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