[ tur-jid ]
/ ˈtɜr dʒɪd /


swollen; distended; tumid.
inflated, overblown, or pompous; bombastic: turgid language.

Origin of turgid

1660–70; < Latin turgidus, equivalent to turg(ēre) to swell + -idus -id4

Related forms

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

Can be confused

torpid turbid turgid
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British Dictionary definitions for turgidity


/ (ˈtɜːdʒɪd) /


swollen and distended; congested
(of style or language) pompous and high-flown; bombastic

Derived Forms

turgidity or turgidness, nounturgidly, adverb

Word Origin for turgid

C17: from Latin turgidus, from turgēre to swell
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Medicine definitions for turgidity


[ tûrjĭd ]


Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated; tumid.
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