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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. Unabridged
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  • Santiago's style as a writer of love letters might be a little on the turgid side, but he knew how to make himself clear.

    The Five Arrows Allan Chase
  • But his addresses are turgid, labouring, and not effective for their purpose.

  • Insubordinate to France it certainly is, and intemperate; turgid, too, as any youth of twenty could well make it.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • With a sweep of his arm the man indicated the surface of the turgid flood.

    Prairie Flowers James B. Hendryx
  • The look shot through Sabine's turgid consciousness like a white-hot dagger.

    Cape Breton Tales Harry James Smith
  • Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • The sombre splendor of romance is throughout, with just a touch of turgid.

  • If I have to confess the truth to you, that valley is to me a ghastly and turgid memory.

    Frank Merriwell's Triumph Burt L. Standish
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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turgid in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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