frig·​id | \ ˈfri-jəd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

Definition of frigid

1a : intensely cold frigid water
b : lacking warmth or ardor : indifferent had an emotionally frigid father
2 : lacking imaginative qualities : insipid writing precise and frigid poetry
3a : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse used especially of women
b of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse

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Other Words from frigid

frigidly adverb
frigidness noun

Examples of frigid in a Sentence

The frigid gusts of wind stung their faces. She was born into an emotionally frigid family.
Recent Examples on the Web Eratosthenes defined bands of klima, later to be called clim-ata, going from frigid belts in the high latitudes, where there was permanent night in winter, to a hot band near the equator. Simon Donner, Scientific American, "The Ugly History of Climate Determinism Is Still Evident Today," 24 June 2020 May brought some frigid air for the first two weeks of the month. Ron Leonardi, USA TODAY, "Summer’s arrival a balm for Erie County," 20 June 2020 Some of the Indians who died were thrown off — or fell off — a ridge into the frigid Galwan River below, the officers said. Joanna Slater,, "India and China trade barbs after ‘gang war’ high in the Himalayas," 17 June 2020 Wider nostrils prevent overheating, while narrow nasal holes more easily moisturize frigid, dry air. Popular Science, "Why your body looks so weird," 9 June 2020 Activists from Black Lives Matter camped out in front of a precinct house for eighteen days, in snow and frigid temperatures. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Permafrost, which lies beneath one quarter of all the land north of the equator, is a relic of colder times on Earth, when frigid temperatures penetrated deep. Anchorage Daily News, "When thawing permafrost kills? A moose story," 13 June 2020 The men and women who make a living pulling fish and crab out of Northern California’s frigid waters are not the sort who typically seek attention or help from politicians. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Bay Area is opening up. But coronavirus cases aren’t going down," 10 June 2020 The Eleven Point River changes personalities every few miles, going from a trophy smallmouth stream to blue-ribbon trout water as frigid springs dump cooling flows. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of frigid

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frigid

Latin frigidus, from frigēre to be cold; akin to Latin frigus frost, cold, Greek rhigos

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30 Jun 2020

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“Frigid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frigid

: very cold
: not friendly or loving : lacking emotional warmth
of a woman : not wanting to have sex : not enjoying sex


frig·​id | \ ˈfri-jəd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

Kids Definition of frigid

1 : freezing cold … he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air.— Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 : not friendly a frigid stare


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Medical Definition of frigid

1 : lacking sexual desire : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse used especially of women
2 of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse

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