follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

turbulent

[tur-byuh-luh nt] /ˈtɜr byə lənt/
adjective
1.
being in a state of agitation or tumult; disturbed:
turbulent feelings or emotions.
2.
characterized by, or showing disturbance, disorder, etc.:
the turbulent years.
3.
given to acts of violence and aggression:
the turbulent young soldiers.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin turbulentus restless, equivalent to turb(a) turmoil + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
turbulently, adverb
unturbulent, adjective
unturbulently, adverb
Synonyms
1. agitated, tumultuous, violent, tempestuous, disordered.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un-turbulent

turbulent

/ˈtɜːbjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
being in a state of turbulence
2.
wild or insubordinate; unruly
Derived Forms
turbulently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin turbulentus, from turba confusion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un-turbulent
turbulent
1538, "disorderly, tumultuous, unruly" (of persons), from M.Fr. turbulent (12c.), from L. turbulentus "full of commotion, restless," from turba "turmoil, crowd" (see turbid). In ref. to weather, attested from 1573. Turbulence is first recorded 1598.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for turbulent

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with un-turbulent