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
But this year’s wet winter created a record Sierra Nevada snowpack, and the melt has engorged the river with swift, frigid water.
Newfoundland, Canada In the frigid waters off the coast of Fogo Island icebergs float by on their journey southward.
Indeed, the Wisconsin cabinet cards are decidedly frigid.
Dykema and his collaborators plan to create a kilometer-long swath of reflective ice crystals in the frigid upper atmosphere by releasing water vapor behind a future World View balloon.
The space, frigid on a warm evening, smelled of mildew.
Janine hands over the baby, but ultimately jumps off the bridge into the frigid water below.
By 5:05, the senior is in the frigid waters of the Del Norte Aquatic Center and training with teammates until 6:30.
And today, the most prolific scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history is averaging just 4.8 points while shooting a frigid 31.9 percent.
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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: 1619See Words from the same year
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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