One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
soft, loose, flabby, unfirm, yielding, slack, lax, out of tone, tonelessView synonyms
- ‘More often than not she appears half-nude, her body lanky but soft, her breasts 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.’
- ‘Her body has the appearance of a carcass, flaccid and dead.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Shaking his head, he plopped him onto his horse with extreme difficulty then rose up behind him, clasping the flaccid body to his chest.’
- ‘Ben inspected the mess beneath his mother's now flaccid body.’
- ‘Shortly after death all the muscles in the body become soft and flaccid.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (of plant tissue) drooping or inelastic through lack of water.
- ‘Perhaps this, then, is the reason that leaves wilt, that is become flaccid, when they are severely stressed.’
- ‘Then true leaves exhibit the flaccid condition.’
- ‘Leaves were scored as dead when they were flaccid or dried over more than half their surface.’
- ‘Generally, in a healthy plant the cells alternate between being flaccid and fully turgid.’
- ‘I don't want to see my planters parched and my plants flaccid.’
- ‘Dead cuttings were obvious because their bud tissue had become flaccid.’
- 1.2 Lacking force or effectiveness.‘the flaccid leadership campaign was causing concern’
lacklustre, ineffective, ineffectual, lifeless, listless, muted, spiritless, lustreless, uninspiring, apathetic, unanimated, tameView synonyms
- ‘By then, our personalities - soft, giving and flaccid - have already solidified, which renders any effort to stiffen our sinews impotent.’
- ‘His character is flaccid and uniformly uninspired.’
- ‘They hate us, their treatises and demagogues have long proclaimed, because we appear to them spiritually lukewarm, religiously flaccid.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The wish to avoid any hint of ‘value judgements' causes journalists to use flaccid and vague language, which in turn leads to confusion.’
Early 17th century: from French flaccide or Latin flaccidus, from flaccus ‘flabby’.
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