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.

Nearby words

  1. turanian,
  2. turban,
  3. turban squash,
  4. turbary,
  5. turbellarian,
  6. turbidimeter,
  7. turbidimetry,
  8. turbidite,
  9. turbidity current,
  10. turbidly

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

Can be confusedtorpid turbid turgid

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British Dictionary definitions for turbidity



muddy or opaque, as a liquid clouded with a suspension of particles
dense, thick, or cloudyturbid fog
in turmoil or confusion
Derived Formsturbidity or turbidness, nounturbidly, adverb

Word Origin for turbid

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

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Word Origin and History for turbidity



1620s, from Latin turbidus "muddy, full of confusion," from turbare "to confuse, bewilder," from turba "turmoil, crowd," probably from Greek tyrbe "turmoil."

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Medicine definitions for turbidity




Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy; cloudy.
Related formstur•bidi•ty n.

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