A Word A Day : Limpid

Thursday, 7th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : lím-pid

1. expressing something in a way that is clear and easy to understand

2. emotionally calm and composed

3. clear and transparent

4. Admitting light so that objects beyond can be seen

5. Free from what obscures or dims


Early 17th century - Directly or via French - Latin limpidus -clear

1609, from Fr - limpide - from L - limpidus - clear - from limpa - water goddess, water - probably cognate with lympha - clear liquid


bright, comprehensible, crystal-clear, crystalline, definite, distinct, filmy, intelligible, lucid, luculent, obvious, pellucid, perspicuous, pure, see-through, thin, translucent, transparent, transpicuous, unambiguous, clear, diaphanous, sheer, crystal, understandable, intelligible, clear as day


muddy, opaque, incomprehensible, obscure, unintelligible, vague

Limpid means clear or calm.

Languid is limp or listless.

Translucent means light passes through but without clarity.

Transparent means light passes through with clarity.

Contextual Examples:

• We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.

• He writes in a limpid style.

• From this great treasury of waters issue forth limpid streams which, augmenting as they descend, become main tributaries of the Missouri on the one side, and the Columbia on the other.

• In Canada, We enjoyed a limpid and emotionless existence.

Related Words:

limpidity : Noun

limpidness : Noun

limpidly : Adverb

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