American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent: turgid prose.
- adj. Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated: a turgid bladder; turgid veins.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, distended by water or other liquid : said primarily of cells or celluar tissue.
- Swollen; bloated; tumid; distended beyond its natural or usual state by some internal agent or expansive force: often applied to an enlarged part of the body.
- Tumid; pompous; inflated; bombastic: as, a turgid style.
- Synonyms Swollen, puffed up.
- Stilted, grandiloquent. See turgidness.
- adj. Distended beyond the natural state by some internal agent, especially fluid, or expansive force.
- adj. of language or style Tediously pompous or bombastic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Distended beyond the natural state by some internal agent or expansive force; swelled; swollen; bloated; inflated; tumid; -- especially applied to an enlarged part of the body.
- adj. Swelling in style or language; vainly ostentatious; bombastic; pompous.
- adj. ostentatiously lofty in style
- adj. abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
- From Latin turgidus ("swollen, inflated"), from Latin turgeō ("to swell"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin turgidus, from turgēre, to be swollen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Writing requires discipline, and it can be taught, but you don't find it in turgid poems about Bad Daddies and The Struggle to Be Me and all the other flat, morbid, narcissistic writing that is encouraged by bad teaching.”
“MATTHEW GOODE has slammed his new movie LEAP YEAR as "turgid" - insisting the AMY ADAMS movie will be labelled "the worst film of 2010.”
“February 24th, 2010 more images more imagesMATTHEW GOODE has slammed his new movie LEAP YEAR as "turgid" - insisting the AMY ADAMS movie will be labelled "the worst film of 2010.”
“As Gunn says in 'Players': Listen, I spent most of this year trapped in what I can only describe as a turgid supernatural soap-opera.”
“The intake of air can be minimised by cutting when the transpiration of the plant is low and both stem and bloom are turgid, that is the cells are full of water and stretched to their fullest limit so that stem and bloom are stiff and solid, and by plunging the cut stems straight away into water, preferably warm water as this tends to be taken up more quickly and thus breaks any air lock.”
“It got trashed, but there are great sequences in there, but the overall effect is kind of turgid in a certain way.”
“In Pollack's case, I consider Out of Africa to be Oscar bait, critics bait, the kind of turgid lugubrious epic that comes along every so often and which just isn't really very good.”
“Isn't there another grouchy, unproductive and anonymous, online malcontent - one who shares your discomfort for "turgid" things - for for you to play with, say losergrrl, for instance?”
“But I have come to the conclusion that there is more than one spewer of insulting, yes "turgid" prose, alike as they may be.”
“What's left must be relentlessly prodded to provide the kind of turgid prose that I'm inordinately fond of.”
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