April 8th, 2021

words are sexy

turbid

turbid (TUR-bid) - adj., (of water) thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment; heavy or thick, as smoke or fog; confused, muddled, turmoiled.


The water sense is the original (from Latin turbidus, disordered, from turba, turmoil/crowd/disturbence), with the cloudedness then extended to actual roiling clouds, and then further extended to metaphorical uses. Not to be confused with turgid, meaning overblown/pompous (with an original sense of swollen), which is possible given that things disordered and pompous can both be hard to understand.

---L.
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