[ tur-bid ]
/ ˈtɜr bɪd /


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


1 murky, cloudy, roiled, muddy.

Related forms

tur·bid·i·ty, tur·bid·ness, nountur·bid·ly, adverbun·tur·bid, adjectiveun·tur·bid·ly, adverb

Can be confused

torpid turbid turgid
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British Dictionary definitions for turbidity


/ (ˈtɜːbɪd) /


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

Derived Forms

turbidity or turbidness, nounturbidly, adverb

Word Origin for turbid

C17: from Latin turbidus, from turbāre to agitate, from turba crowd
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Medicine definitions for turbidity


[ tûrbĭd ]


Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy; cloudy.

Related forms

tur•bidi•ty n.
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