tur·​gid | \ ˈtər-jəd How to pronounce turgid (audio) \

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

Other Words from turgid

turgidity \ ˌtər-​ˈji-​də-​tē How to pronounce turgid (audio) \ noun
turgidly \ ˈtər-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce turgid (audio) \ adverb
turgidness noun

Examples of turgid in a Sentence

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood
Recent Examples on the Web In the morning, the Hemi V8’s cold-start cycle sounds like Jack Kennedy is firing up the old PT 109, but the engine quickly settles into a turgid throb. Dan Neil, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 As the truly turgid game against Milan at San Siro exemplified, Juve’s lack of creativity has been a major theme of their season. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The man who would become known as the dean of American banking lawyers—an authority on the most arcane legal precedents and turgid regulatory subsections—started off wanting a literary life and found time to write whimsical poems. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Seventy-nine-year-old Martin Scorcese will seek to redeem himself after the turgid, self-indulgent mess that was 2019's The Irishman. David Faris, The Week, 9 Jan. 2022 Rigorous but not turgid, the book paints a picture where the good guys are not always pure, and sometimes do bad things. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Nov. 2021 This perfectionism and data-focus meant that Allana’s presentations were overworked and turgid. Palena Neale, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Inter and Juventus played out a rather turgid 1-1 affair at San Siro, with neither side particularly satisfied with the outcome of the game. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 In more than 500 pages of often turgid prose, Mahan, who twice served as president of the U.S. Naval War College, examined how maritime strength shaped war between 1660 and 1783. Marc Levinson, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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20 Apr 2022

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“Turgid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgid. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Medical Definition of turgid

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

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