[ mawr-bid ]
/ ˈmɔr bɪd /


suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.
affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
pertaining to diseased parts: morbid anatomy.
gruesome; grisly.

Nearby words

  1. moraxella,
  2. moray,
  3. moray firth,
  4. morazán,
  5. morazán, francisco,
  6. morbid anatomy,
  7. morbid obesity,
  8. morbidezza,
  9. morbidity,
  10. morbidity rate

Origin of morbid

1650–60; < Latin morbidus sickly, equivalent to morb(us) sickness + -idus -id4

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British Dictionary definitions for morbid


/ (ˈmɔːbɪd) /


having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
relating to or characterized by disease; pathologica morbid growth
Derived Formsmorbidly, adverbmorbidness, noun

Word Origin for morbid

C17: from Latin morbidus sickly, from morbus illness

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Word Origin and History for morbid



1650s, "of the nature of a disease, indicative of a disease," from Latin morbidus "diseased," from morbus "sickness, disease, ailment, illness," from root of mori "to die," which is possibly from PIE root *mer- "to rub, pound, wear away" (cf. Sanskrit mrnati "crushes, bruises;" Greek marainein "to consume, exhaust, put out, quench," marasmus "consumption"). Transferred use, of mental states, is from 1777. Related: Morbidly; morbidness.

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Medicine definitions for morbid


[ môrbĭd ]


Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.
Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.

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