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turgid

Turgid describes something that's swollen, typically by fluids, like a turgid water balloon that's way too big to resist dropping on your friend's head.

Turgid comes from the Latin word turgidus, meaning "swollen, inflated." Turgid can be used in a figurative sense to describe things that are overblown. That might remind you of some people's egos! If a famous singer wants to showcase his incredible vocal range and his love of yodeling in a single song, the result may well be turgid, something so swollen with notes and styles that it seems ready to burst.

Definitions of turgid
  1. adjective
    ostentatiously lofty in style
    synonyms: bombastic, declamatory, large, orotund, tumid
    rhetorical
    given to rhetoric, emphasizing style at the expense of thought
  2. adjective
    abnormally distended especially by fluids or gas
    synonyms: intumescent, puffy, tumescent, tumid
    unhealthy
    not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind
Commonly confused words

turbid / turgid

Turbid can refer to something thick with suspended matter, while turgid means swollen or bombastic.

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