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turgid (adj) (of speech and writing) boring and difficult to understand; swollen with liquid or air.

Turgid writing is boring and difficult to understand. So is a turgid speech, very dull, complicated and difficult to follow. A turgid river is a swollen river, that is, a river in floods. Anything overfilled with liquid or air is turgid.

  • His writings being turgid could not make any impression on his readers. Boring and difficult to understand the writings could not sell well.
  • The turgid waters of the river threatened to submerge the nearby areas. Overflowing the river, the waters were rising every hour.
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