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

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Other Words from turgid

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

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turgid leeches having had their fill of blood
Recent Examples on the Web Even comedy stalwart Jennifer Coolidge, who features as a dippy employee in Mel and Mia’s store, can’t manage to elevate the turgid script. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Like a Boss is a female buddy comedy in need of a serious makeover: Review," 9 Jan. 2020 While the north London club developed a reputation under the affable Mauricio Pochettino for being one of the most entertaining teams on the continent, Mourinho's most recent stint in charge of a club was a tetchy, turgid affair that ended messily. Matias Grez, CNN, "Jose Mourinho and Tottenham: A match made in heaven ... or hell?," 20 Nov. 2019 Now their carcasses were being spewed forth in untold thousands by the rushing waters, to be carried away on the crest of the foaming, turgid flood rushing down the valley. H.w. Brands, Time, "How Theodore Roosevelt Fell in Love With the American West," 22 Oct. 2019 Like two other influential professors, John Dewey and Thorstein Veblen, both of whom were his exact contemporaries, Boas was a turgid writer. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 Like many Chinese Communist leaders of his era, Mr. Li revealed little of himself, usually reading from turgid official scripts in public. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "Li Peng, Chinese leader derided for role in Tiananmen crackdown, dies at 90," 23 July 2019 After a turgid opening, the game sprang to life in the 13th minute, as Rodrigo Palacio danced his way into the Milan penalty area, before jabbing a tentative shot at goal that was well blocked by Cristián Zapata. SI.com, "Bologna 1-2 AC Milan: Rossoneri Survive Late Scare From Rossoblu to End Barren Winless Run," 29 Apr. 2018 The stars were misaligned from the start for this frantic, turgid thriller. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story’ Review: Blurred Tats," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Turgid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgid. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turgid

disapproving : very complicated and difficult to understand
: larger or fuller than normal because of swelling


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

Medical Definition of turgid

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

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