from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking firmness, resilience, or muscle tone. See Synonyms at limp.
- adj. Lacking vigor or energy: flaccid management.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Flabby.
- adj. Soft; floppy.
- adj. Lacking energy or vigor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Yielding to pressure for want of firmness and stiffness; soft and weak; limber; lax; drooping; flabby
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Soft and limber; lax; drooping by its own weight; without firmness or elasticity; flabby: as, flaccid flesh.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
- adj. drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness
My guess is, the use of the word flaccid was no accident.
Well phil - shame you couldn't actually demonstrate in what way my logic was "flaccid" - or how things are "not going my way".
First, I'm sure you are both flaco and flaccid, that is, skinny and limp.
And then be! 'slept with that creepy marketing director, Rick - or rather, we grope& never needed the condom lying on the nightstand, because "the big bruiser," as my date called his flaccid penis, went on strike, something it had never done, he assured me, ever.
I have to say his eggplants look kind of flaccid, not at all the full, glossy thing mine is, but the painting works its own still life magic.
The New York Times critic dismissed Solar as one of McEwan's "lesser efforts" while the Washington Post called it "flaccid" and advised readers to "let Solar pass and wait for his next book to eclipse it".
I am afraid the climax is still suffering from Vague Psychic Battle Syndrome, and the whole thing feels kind of flaccid and colorless right now, but it's written and that's what matters.
The word "flaccid" was never used when you referred to me.
Lewis' Narnian Chronicles and Richard Adams' Watership Down in the mix, and calls Lloyd Alexander's writing "flaccid".
Even more than this kind of flaccid verbiage, my personal bugbear is the rhetoric of war, engineered to hide the truth: "collateral damage," "friendly fire," "transfer tubes," or "the excesses of human nature that humanity suffers" (such was Donald Rumsfeld's euphemism for the torture of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib).