turgid

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Examples of turgid in a Sentence

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood
Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'turgid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about turgid

Time Traveler for turgid

Time Traveler

The first known use of turgid was in 1620

See more words from the same year

Statistics for turgid

Last Updated

22 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Turgid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turgid?show=0&t=1360277699. Accessed 5 December 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for turgid

turgid

adjective
How to pronounce turgid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of turgid

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

turgid

adjective
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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on turgid

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for turgid

Spanish Central: Translation of turgid

Nglish: Translation of turgid for Spanish Speakers

Comments on turgid

What made you want to look up turgid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to accept, comply, or submit

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Semantic Drift Quiz

  • a twisty river
  • Which of the following was once a synonym for fun?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!