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turbid

[ tur-bid ]
/ ˈtɜr bɪd /
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adjective
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: The real reason for the impenetrability of certain writing is often the turbid minds of the writers.
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Origin of turbid

First recorded in 1620–30; from Latin turbidus “disturbed,” equivalent to turb(āre) “to disturb” (derivative of turba “turmoil”) + -idus adjective suffix (see -id4)

OTHER WORDS FROM turbid

tur·bid·i·ty [tur-bid-i-tee], /tɜrˈbɪd ɪ ti/, tur·bid·ness, nountur·bid·ly, adverbun·tur·bid, adjectiveun·tur·bid·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH turbid

torpid, turbid , turgid
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British Dictionary definitions for turbid

turbid
/ (ˈtɜːbɪd) /

adjective
muddy or opaque, as a liquid clouded with a suspension of particles
dense, thick, or cloudyturbid fog
in turmoil or confusion

Derived forms of turbid

turbidity or turbidness, nounturbidly, adverb

Word Origin for turbid

C17: from Latin turbidus, from turbāre to agitate, from turba crowd
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