Definition of flaccid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈflaksɪd//ˈflasɪd/


  • 1(of part of the body) soft and hanging loosely or limply, especially so as to look or feel unpleasant.

    ‘she took his flaccid hand in hers’
    • ‘Ben inspected the mess beneath his mother's now flaccid body.’
    • ‘The shady lava lamp in the corner of the room supplied a dismal crimson light, the bubbly pink shimmers on the wall fell onto his flaccid, ageless, sweaty body.’
    • ‘Shortly after death all the muscles in the body become soft and flaccid.’
    • ‘Sauntering into the living room, I stretched my flaccid body along the couch.’
    • ‘The striated-muscle part of the esophageal body is flaccid at rest.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, many skiers hold their arms and legs rigid in search of balance while their stomach and back muscles are flaccid and forgotten.’
    • ‘Still flaccid and lethargic from lack of blood, Ed ambled slowly in front of the doors.’
    • ‘More often than not she appears half-nude, her body lanky but soft, her breasts flaccid.’
    • ‘Shaking his head, he plopped him onto his horse with extreme difficulty then rose up behind him, clasping the flaccid body to his chest.’
    • ‘Her body has the appearance of a carcass, flaccid and dead.’
    soft, loose, flabby, unfirm, yielding, slack, lax, out of tone, toneless
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    1. 1.1 (of plant tissue) drooping or inelastic through lack of water.
      • ‘Dead cuttings were obvious because their bud tissue had become flaccid.’
      • ‘Perhaps this, then, is the reason that leaves wilt, that is become flaccid, when they are severely stressed.’
      • ‘I don't want to see my planters parched and my plants flaccid.’
      • ‘Generally, in a healthy plant the cells alternate between being flaccid and fully turgid.’
      • ‘Then true leaves exhibit the flaccid condition.’
      • ‘Leaves were scored as dead when they were flaccid or dried over more than half their surface.’
    2. 1.2 Lacking vigour or effectiveness.
      ‘the flaccid leadership campaign was causing concern’
      • ‘By then, our personalities - soft, giving and flaccid - have already solidified, which renders any effort to stiffen our sinews impotent.’
      • ‘In fact it was from him that I first heard the term ‘wet-fish’ when a friend of mine offered up a floppy, flaccid excuse for a hand-shake at a tournament in 1980.’
      • ‘The wish to avoid any hint of ‘value judgements' causes journalists to use flaccid and vague language, which in turn leads to confusion.’
      • ‘They hate us, their treatises and demagogues have long proclaimed, because we appear to them spiritually lukewarm, religiously flaccid.’
      • ‘His character is flaccid and uniformly uninspired.’
      • ‘But beyond the issues he championed in this era of flaccid rhetoric and focus group-approved sound bytes, Wellstone had the rare ability to ignite a fire in his audiences.’
      • ‘In the case of the anti-deficit campaign, flaccid fiscal management was a weakness to be strenuously avoided.’
      lacklustre, ineffective, ineffectual, lifeless, listless, muted, spiritless, lustreless, uninspiring, apathetic, unanimated, tame
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Early 17th century: from French flaccide or Latin flaccidus, from flaccus ‘flabby’.