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From Latin flaccidus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈflæ(k)sɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -æksɪd, -æsɪd
  • Hyphenation: flac‧cid


flaccid (comparative more flaccid, superlative most flaccid)

  1. Flabby.
    • 1955, Joseph Heller, chapter 13, in Catch-22, page 140:
      Colonel Korn, a stocky, dark, flaccid man with a shapeless paunch, sat completely relaxed on one of the benches in the front row, his hands clasped comfortably over the top of his bald and swarthy head.
  2. Soft; floppy.
    • 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. []”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. [], volume I, London: Edward Moxon [], published 1839, →OCLC, page 267:
      The combatants with rage most horrible
      Strove, and their eyes started with cracking stare,
      And impotent their tongues they lolled into the air,
      Flaccid and foamy, like a mad dog’s hanging; []
    • 2006, Simon LeVay, Sharon McBride Valente, Human Sexuality, page 93:
      They first measured along the top surface of the flaccid penis, [...]
  3. Lacking energy or vigor.
    • 2006, Jeff Bloodworth, “"THE PROGRAM FOR BETTER JOBS AND INCOME": WELFARE REFORM, LIBERALISM, AND THE FAILED PRESIDENCY OF JIMMY CARTER.”, in International Social Science Review, volume 81, number 3/4, pages 135–150:
      The flaccid economy of the 1970s rendered Americans even more hostile toward liberal welfare policies.


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