frig·​id | \ˈfri-jəd \

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.

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His legal team has cited frigid cell temperature, lack of clean blankets, isolation from other inmates—and the fact that his only reading materials are trial evidence. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Trial of ‘El Chapo’ Poses Unprecedented Challenges," 12 Nov. 2018 An effort to cut winter air pollution in the frigid north by slashing coal use had to be reversed after factories were left idle and millions of people shivering in their homes. Washington Post, "Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit," 26 Feb. 2018 First stop is Toronto as Miami begins a journey to the frigid north with back-to-back games against the Raptors and Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Heat’s sharpshooter became a decoy in the clutch Sunday. Here’s how it led to victory.," 7 Jan. 2018 The message here is that being this rich is not about things, not at temperatures this frigid. Hank Stuever,, "In HBO's 'Succession,' a family so cruel you'll be sorry you ever met them," 1 June 2018 The lake was still stinging-cold from the runoff, too frigid for waterskiing without our wetsuits, which are somewhere deep in storage. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Even Vagabonds Need a Home," 17 May 2018 Lori Russo, making her Sacramento Theatre debut, is frigid and rigid as the uptight, upper crust Katharine. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "AIDS, death and the modern family take center stage in STC's 'Mothers and Sons'," 2 Apr. 2018 Officials said the water Sunday night was frigid, with temperatures around 40 degrees. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Pilot in deadly East River helicopter crash made frantic 'mayday' call," 12 Mar. 2018 Minneapolis has its long, cold winters, but that doesn't mean that football in September is frigid. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Roof That Isn't There," 2 Feb. 2018

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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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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 \

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


frig·​id | \ˈfrij-əd \

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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