flaccid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flaccid out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance "he was too soft for the army","flabby around the middle","flaccid cheeks"
    • adj flaccid drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness "a flaccid penis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a flaccid flăk"sĭd or flăs"sĭd Yielding to pressure for want of firmness and stiffness; soft and weak; limber; lax; drooping; flabby; as, a flaccid muscle; flaccid flesh. "Religious profession . . . has become flacced ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flaccid Soft and limber; lax; drooping by its own weight; without firmness or elasticity; flabby: as, flaccid flesh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flaccid flak′sid flabby: lax: easily yielding to pressure: soft and weak
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. flaccidus, fr. flaccus, flabby: cf. OF. flaccide,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. flaccidusflaccus, flabby.

Usage

In literature:

But the Roman Empire, in its feeble and flaccid old age, seemed to have lost all capacity for making war.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
From her throat came the bubbly sound of air being forced painfully through a flaccid wet tube.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
The night-flitting women went first, urged away by the necessities of the flaccid fish which lived upon their shame.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
Moths on emergence should not be killed at once, as they are then too flaccid, and have not sufficiently purged themselves.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Then, the blade is shooting, and void of strength, it swells, and is flaccid, and delights the husbandman in his expectations.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
His muscles would not obey the flaccid will.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The cheeks would become hollow or flaccid.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The liver was indurated; its peritonaeal coat exhibited a flaccid or wrinkled appearance, and bore marks of slight inflammation.
"Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart" by John Collins Warren
If he could only shatter those flaccid masses of jelly, he would destroy the swarming dozens of beasts at the same time.
"Zehru of Xollar" by Hal K. Wells
His flaccid mind had never questioned the truth of its dogmas.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The length of the flaccid penis was 9.6 cm.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
At first the joints are flaccid, and the attitude can easily be corrected by manipulation.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
But she concealed from her boy these flaccid relapses.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Blake dropped down beside the flaccid body and tore open the front of the silk shirt.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
These are the villi in a flaccid state.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
He was a bald, grey-whiskered man, fat and flaccid.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Rosario, meanwhile, was struggling to shake off a number of women who were holding her pinioned by her weak, flaccid arms.
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Of the living pictures there were three, all of them in green garments, which hung loosely upon flaccid thighs.
"Claim Number One" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The great hope after all lies in the knotless, rather flaccid character of the people.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In two seconds I had slashed through the strands, and the flaccid machine lifted and bore us from their ken.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Ah, I see you scoff at my meaning,
You flaccid, indolent bookworm, you!
What would you give for my good digestion
And my nerve-cords sound and true?
"A Taunt" by Maurice Thompson
Exempt! She "does not have to work!"
So might one talk
Defending long, bedridden ease, Weak yielding ankles, flaccid knees,
With "I don't have to walk!"
"The Malingerer" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
``Till they swirl round villages, hamlets, thorpes,
As the cottagers flee for life:
Then I fling the fisherman's flaccid corpse
At the feet of the fisherman's wife.
"The Wind Speaks" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Sweet Cherry, Blithe : Flaccid Script Can't Find the Cinematic G-Spot.
Agonizing, flaccid and about as romantic as bottle of flat champagne, 27 Dresses is a perfect example of the stereotypical Hollywood romantic comedies that Judd Apatow's 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up successfully disemboweled.
How can she fix her flaccid flame.
Sweet Cherry, Blithe: Flaccid Script Can't Find the Cinematic G-Spot.
Gawker Media's Attempt to Crowdsource Paycheck Journalism Goes Flaccid .
And how do I do it without giving him a permanently flaccid penis.
Yet the reality is too often plastic cups and prefab mint syrups, sweet and flaccid.
A 10-year-old boy presented with acute onset flaccid quadriparesis following a minor fall when he was 6 years old, which was managed conservatively on skin traction.
These rare tuned-up T/As stood tall at a time of flaccid factory performance.
Sweet Cherry , Blithe: Flaccid Script Can't Find the Cinematic G-Spot.
And the demographic reaction to the great recession does not suggest any profound transatlantic difference between virile Americans and flaccid Europeans.
Still, the fact remains that France's fertility is now higher than America's and the demographic reaction to the great recession does not suggest any profound transatlantic difference between virile Americans and flaccid Europeans.
Yes, Adolf Hitler was a bad man, but the flaccidity of the Western democracies in appeasing his aggressive appetites was equally responsible for encouraging him to ravage Europe.
Yes, it's been an incredibly dark season of "Mad Men," but the worst part has been seeing a flaccid Don Draper (Jon Hamm) lazily walking through life.
Pregnant with imagination, they're often rendered flaccid by the pinprick of reality.
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