Definition of turbid in US English:

turbid

adjective

  • 1(of a liquid) cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter.

    ‘the turbid estuary’
    • ‘Visual signals are also used in aquatic environments, however turbid water reduces visibility very rapidly and may adversely effect visual communication.’
    • ‘Although they prefer clear, fresh running water, they seasonally adapt to turbid water caused by runoff and flooding during the rainy season.’
    • ‘Bullheads and catfish are often associated with muddy, turbid waterbodies, and thus many people have a low opinion of them.’
    • ‘The swamp itself was muddy, turbid, and infested with biting gnats and mosquitoes.’
    • ‘The turbid water should be cleared before chlorination.’
    • ‘Cloudy or turbid water can quickly clog a filter and shorten the life of the unit.’
    • ‘He and the wise men went before the rest to scout the place, and suddenly, he saw a joyless woods leaning over turbid and bloody water.’
    • ‘They bravely endured these tempests and continued to fight valiantly across the turbid depths to reach their goal…’
    • ‘If you put it in a glass, you can see it's turbid.’
    • ‘Generally speaking, turbid natural water is not very harmful to people.’
    • ‘During these times it is easier to see fish than at times when the water is more turbulent and turbid.’
    • ‘But after mechanical fishing dredges destroyed the oyster reefs early in the 20th Century, the water became increasingly turbid and oxygen deficient.’
    • ‘When the water flows out it is warm but often turbid.’
    • ‘Algae then grow on the surface and bottom-dwelling plants, deprived of light and oxygen, die off making the water even more turbid and inhospitable to fish and other life.’
    murky, muddy, thick
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    1. 1.1 Confused or obscure in meaning or effect.
      ‘a turbid piece of cinéma vérité’

Usage

Is it turbid or turgid? Turbid is used of a liquid or color to mean ‘muddy, not clear’: turbid water. Turgid means ‘swollen, inflated, enlarged’: turgid veins. Both turbid and turgid can also be used to describe language or literary style: as such, turbid means ‘confused, muddled’ (the turbid utterances of Carlyle), and turgid means ‘pompous, bombastic’ (a turgid and pretentious essay)

Origin

Late Middle English (in the figurative sense): from Latin turbidus, from turba ‘a crowd, a disturbance’.

Pronunciation

turbid

/ˈtərbəd//ˈtərbəd/