Definition of frigid
1a : intensely cold frigid waterb : 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 womenb of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse
Examples of frigid in a Sentence
The frigid gusts of wind stung their faces.
She was born into an emotionally frigid family.
Recent Examples of frigid from the Web
Said Osman of Portland jumped Tuesday, May 23, from the Gladstone park into the frigid waters of the Clackamas, struggled in the water for a while then went under.
The month opened frigid with three subzero lows, including a minus 11 on a Groundhog Day that featured a high of just 9 above.
Sheltering mountains and dry winds from the continent preserve a frigid desert that defies all expectations.
A Minnesota couple wanted to trade frigid winter weather for Florida sunshine — but walked right into a scam, investigators say.
Twin, rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in the lumbar pouch provide enough juice to stay warm in frigid waters for up to two and a half hours.
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Origin and Etymology of frigid
Latin frigidus, from frigēre to be cold; akin to Latin frigus frost, cold, Greek rhigos
First Known Use: 1619
FRIGID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of frigid for English Language Learners
: very cold
: not friendly or loving : lacking emotional warmth
of a woman : not wanting to have sex : not enjoying sex
FRIGID Defined for Kids
Definition of frigid for Students
1 : freezing cold … he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air. — Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 : not friendly a frigid stare
Medical Definition of frigid
1: lacking sexual desire : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse—used especially of women
2of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse
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