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[tur-jid] /ˈtɜr dʒɪd/
swollen; distended; tumid.
inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic:
turgid language.
Origin of turgid
1660-70; < Latin turgidus, equivalent to turg(ēre) to swell + -idus -id4
Related forms
turgidity, turgidness, noun
turgidly, adverb
unturgid, adjective
unturgidly, adverb
Can be confused
torpid, turbid, turgid.
turbid, turgid. Unabridged
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  • Also, read the turgid in-room diaries of past occupants' amorous adventures.
  • The canvas was much too broad and turgid, the details too numerous and complex.
  • Erikson's writing is highly compressed and rather turgid.
  • The story inclines to be too turgid, eccentric, and overwrought.
  • But probably no actor could transcend the turgid romantic mush stuffed into the mouths of these three.
  • Basically by the xylem in woody plants, and by turgid plant cells in non-woody plants.
British Dictionary definitions for turgid


swollen and distended; congested
(of style or language) pompous and high-flown; bombastic
Derived Forms
turgidity, turgidness, noun
turgidly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin turgidus, from turgēre to swell
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Word Origin and History for turgid

1610s, from Latin turgidus "swollen, inflated," from turgere "to swell," of unknown origin. Figurative use in reference to prose is from 1725. Related: Turgidly; turgidness.

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turgid in Medicine

turgid tur·gid (tûr'jĭd)
Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated; tumid.

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