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