Meaning of “turgid” in the English Dictionary

"turgid" in British English

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uk /ˈtɜː.dʒɪd/ us /ˈtɝː.dʒɪd/

turgid adjective (NOT FLOWING)

formal (of water) not flowing easily:

The river rolled darkly brown and turgid.

turgid adjective (SWOLLEN)

specialized medical (of an organ or living tissue) swollen

noun [ U ] uk /tɜːˈdʒɪd.ə.ti/ us /tɝːˈdʒɪd.ə.t̬i/ formal or specialized
adverb uk /ˈtɜː.dʒɪ us /ˈtɝː.dʒɪ formal

(Definition of “turgid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈtɜr·dʒɪd/

turgid adjective (TOO SERIOUS)

(of speech or writing) too serious and very boring:

turgid prose

turgid adjective (SWOLLEN)


turgid rain clouds

(Definition of “turgid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)