Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

torrid

play
adjective tor·rid \ˈtȯr-əd, ˈtär-\

Simple Definition of torrid

  • : very hot and usually dry

  • : showing or expressing very strong feelings especially of sexual or romantic desire

  • : very difficult, uncomfortable, or unpleasant

Full Definition of torrid

  1. 1a :  parched with heat especially of the sun :  hot <torrid sands>b :  giving off intense heat :  scorching

  2. 2 :  ardent, passionate <torrid love letters>

tor·rid·i·ty play \tȯ-ˈri-də-tē\ noun
tor·rid·ly play \ˈtȯr-əd-lē, ˈtär-\ adverb
tor·rid·ness noun

Examples of torrid

  1. The team had a torrid time trying to score.

  2. <the dry, torrid summers in southern Arizona>



Origin of torrid

Latin torridus, from torrēre


First Known Use: 1545



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up torrid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

pince-nez duvet spindrift kittly-benders
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ