- not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment or the like; clouded; opaque; obscured: the turbid waters near the waterfall.
- thick or dense, as smoke or clouds.
- confused; muddled; disturbed.
Origin of turbid
1620–30; < Latin turbidus disturbed, equivalent to turb(āre) to disturb (derivative of turba turmoil) + -idus -id4
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1. murky, cloudy, roiled, muddy.
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Examples from the Web for turbid
It was almost as if it reminded me of some turbid element in history and the soul.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
With a quick spring he disappeared beneath the turbid water.The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters
Charles Henry Lerrigo
Of all this turbid activity Dobyans Verinder was the chief profiter.The Highgrader
William MacLeod Raine
Nora was gone, lost in that turbid stream which flows through our city.Little Pollie
Gertrude P. Dyer
A short voyage of a day bore them to the mouth of turbid and turbulent Missouri.
- muddy or opaque, as a liquid clouded with a suspension of particles
- dense, thick, or cloudyturbid fog
- in turmoil or confusion
C17: from Latin turbidus, from turbāre to agitate, from turba crowd
Word Origin and History for turbid
1620s, from Latin turbidus "muddy, full of confusion," from turbare "to confuse, bewilder," from turba "turmoil, crowd," probably from Greek tyrbe "turmoil."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy; cloudy.
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