- soft and limp; not firm; flabby: flaccid biceps.
- lacking force; weak: flaccid prose.
Origin of flaccid
Examples from the Web for flaccid
In our less sexist age, Barack Obama has nevertheless found his Syria policy called “flaccid” and “impotent.”Obama and Syria: Fighting the Wimp Factor
September 18, 2013
Waiting for a taxi, he breathed in the spicy, flaccid atmosphere of the city and felt the strangeness of things around him.Olivia Manning, Married to the War
June 7, 2013
He lifted his head and sniffed the flaccid air, which was laden with a heavy odour.Alice Adams
That the Intermediatist is likely to be a flaccid compromiser.The Book of the Damned
He felt weak and shaky but resentment energized his flaccid muscles.The Stars, My Brothers
His flaccid mind had never questioned the truth of its dogmas.The Rough Road</p>
William John Locke
But how could something happen in a world of flat gold sand and flaccid sea?Cully
- lacking firmness; soft and limp; flabby
Word Origin and History for flaccid
1610s, from French flaccide or directly from Latin flaccidus "flabby," from flaccus "flabby, flap-eared," of uncertain origin (OED suggests it's imitative). Related: Flaccidly; flaccidity.
- Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone.