Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy: turbid water.
  • adj. Heavy, dark, or dense, as smoke or fog.
  • adj. In a state of turmoil; muddled: turbid feelings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not clear; having suspended matter that scatters light passing through; having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; -- used of liquids of any kind
  • adj. Disturbed; confused; disordered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Properly, having the lees disturbed; in a more general sense, muddy; foul with extraneous matter; thick; not clear; used of liquids of any kind, or of color.
  • Confused; disordered; disquieted; disturbed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of liquids) clouded as with sediment

Etymologies

Latin turbidus, disordered, from turba, turmoil, probably from Greek turbē.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin turbidus ("disturbed"), from turba ("mass, throng, crowd, tumult, disturbance"). (Wiktionary)

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  • ". . .a bow window of milky-murky glass giving off a dark and turbid glow, a pallid photocopy of sunlight. . ." Gilbert Adair translation of Georges Perec's La Disparition

    August 11, 2010