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| \ˈtər-jəd


Definition of turgid 


: excessively embellished in style or language : bombastic , pompous

turgid prose


: being in a state of distension : swollen , tumid

turgid limbs


: exhibiting turgor

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Synonyms for turgid


bloated , blown , distended , overinflated , puffed , swollen , tumescent , tumid , varicose ( also varicosed )

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Examples of turgid in a Sentence

turgid leeches having had their fill of blood

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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., “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., “Everton, West Ham & Crystal Palace Reportedly Eye Bargain £12m Move for Stoke Star Xherdan Shaqiri,” 14 May 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

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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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Definition of ‘turgid’

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If you describe something such as a piece of writing or a film as turgid, you think it is boring and difficult to understand .
He used to make extremely dull, turgid and frankly boring speeches.
The rest of the arts scene looks increasingly turgid by comparison.
Synonyms: pompous , inflated , windy , high-flown   More Synonyms of turgid

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turgid in British




swollen and distended ; congested

(of style or language) pompous and high-flown ; bombastic
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Derived forms

turgidity (turˈgidity) or turgidness (ˈturgidness)

turgidly (ˈturgidly)

Word origin of ‘turgid’

C17: from Latin turgidus, from turgēre to swell

Word Frequency

turgid in American

; tʉrˈjid)



swollen; distended

bombastic; pompous; grandiloquent

SIMILAR WORDS:  bomˈbastic
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Derived forms

turgidity (turˈgidity)

noun or ˈturgidness
turgidly (ˈturgidly)

Word origin of ‘turgid’

L turgidus < turgere, to swell

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The first half was a turgid, disjointed affair . Times, Sunday Times (2016)A turgid style of rugby will beat lesser teams , but it won’t beat the best four or five . Times, Sunday Times (2016) Sorry to plunge you straight into the turgid stuff . Times, Sunday Times (2008)It was pretty turgid stuff from both teams. The Sun (2013)The second half was turgid and tight with no quarter given and hardly any goalmouth incidents . The Sun (2013)Everything points to a turgid affair. The Sun (2009)This can be dry , turgid stuff. Times, Sunday Times (2010)There are some sharp lines and a couple of catchy songs but there’s also a lot of turgid stuff. Times, Sunday Times (2009) Real play turgid stuff under Benitez. The Sun (2015)It was awful , turgid stuff. The Sun (2009)It was turgid stuff, but then again Atlético were little better . Times, Sunday Times (2014)It was all pretty turgid stuff but, then again, it has been for some time. The Sun (2015)Do not rush out to buy the DVD, it was turgid stuff. The Sun (2009)The fruits of his labours are collected in this book, which is a peerless work of journalism , but a turgid piece of writing. Times, Sunday Times (2013)

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