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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 17th century


(Of a liquid) Cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter.


Confused or obscure in meaning or effect.

Examples of Turbid in a sentence

"Max had great difficulty assembling his new wardrobe due to the brief and turbid instructions that left him with too many questions."

"Government conservation workers kept track of what kinds of fish and amphibians lived in the turbid water of the swamp."

About Turbid

“Turbid” is based on the Latin “turbidus,” itself based on “turba,” meaning “a crowd” or “a disturbance.”

Did you Know?

“Turbid” can describe something either literally or figuratively cloudy and obscure. Water that is turbid — such as river water during a season of thaw — is full of swirling silt and other particulates that make it cloudy and hard to see through. In the same way, a turbid announcement from a public official could be hard to make sense of.

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