tur·​gid | \ˈtər-jəd \

Definition of turgid 

1 : excessively embellished in style or language : bombastic, pompous turgid prose

2 : being in a state of distension : swollen, tumid turgid limbs especially : exhibiting turgor

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Other Words from turgid

turgidity \ ˌtər-​ˈji-​də-​tē \ noun
turgidly \ ˈtər-​jəd-​lē \ adverb
turgidness noun

Examples of turgid in a Sentence

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood

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After an open start, the game settled into a turgid affair with neither team looking particularly threatening. SI.com, "Antoine Griezmann Shines as Atletico Madrid Returns to Winning Ways," 11 Mar. 2018 That turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Diaz-Canel becoming president in April. Washington Post, "Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media," 22 June 2018 That turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Mr. Diaz-Canel becoming president in April. Andrea Rodriguez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Cuba loosens grip on media, allows for more independent reporting," 21 June 2018 Formed in 1968, Josephus foreshadowed heavy metal with the turgid riffs, brutal-but-sparse rhythms, and wildman vocals across their 1970 debut, Dead Man. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Houston proto-metal misfits Josefus make a rare trip to Chicago," 21 June 2018 Russia 🇷🇺 Gifted automatic qualification as the home team, this turgid squad are a good bet to be worst hosts since Seth MacFarlane at the 2013 Oscars. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 But their efforts are not enough to lift the turgid dramatics of this work by newcomer Thorne, a Brooklyn College student making her professional playwrighting debut. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Peace for Mary Frances': Theater Review," 24 May 2018 The Toffees, who finished the season in eighth place, have been criticised by fans for a number of turgid displays, and the club's hierarchy will be looking to bring in some creative flair in the summer. SI.com, "Everton, West Ham & Crystal Palace Reportedly Eye Bargain £12m Move for Stoke Star Xherdan Shaqiri," 14 May 2018 The story of how, over 30 years after its debut, a relatively innocent arcade game starring a giant ape and other oversize beasts underwent a corporate transmogrification and became a turgid, logy sci-fi/action blockbuster. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: ‘Rampage’ Turns to Rubble, Even Before the Mutant Animals Show Up," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of turgid

1620, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for turgid

Latin turgidus, from turgēre to be swollen

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English Language Learners Definition of turgid

: very complicated and difficult to understand

: larger or fuller than normal because of swelling


tur·​gid | \ˈtər-jəd \

Medical Definition of turgid 

: being in a normal or abnormal state of distension : swollen, tumid turgid limbs turgid living cells

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