- swollen; distended; tumid.
- inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic: turgid language.
Origin of turgid
Examples from the Web for turgid
Why not go for the polar opposite of a turgid straight white guy?Why Drag Queens Should Handle Disaster Relief
June 4, 2010
Smith faxed a turgid apologia over to Bullock on Sunday, a mere three weeks after her relationship with James came to light.When Mistresses Attack!
April 26, 2010
In what turgid melodrama does not just such an episode occur?A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Here it flowed a sluggish, turgid stream, so sullen, so heavy.The Twins of Suffering Creek
I held her as though all life's turgid danger were powerless to touch us.
With a sweep of his arm the man indicated the surface of the turgid flood.Prairie Flowers
James B. Hendryx
Most of it is turgid, lumpy, fuzzy in texture, squalid in intellect.Pipefuls
- swollen and distended; congested
- (of style or language) pompous and high-flown; bombastic
Word Origin and History for turgid
1610s, from Latin turgidus "swollen, inflated," from turgere "to swell," of unknown origin. Figurative use in reference to prose is from 1725. Related: Turgidly; turgidness.
- Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated; tumid.