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

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 That touchdown with 51 seconds sent the 49ers to Super Bowl 16, held at the Pontiac Silverdome on a frigid Jan. 24, 1982. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 3 Aug. 2022 Before the temperature drops to a frigid 19°F come December, take a drive up the East Coast to enjoy the picturesque nature of Bar Harbor. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2022 During season seven, which was held in the frigid subarctic zone around Canada’s Great Slave Lake, Marrone wowed viewers with her joyous highs and crushing lows, and her ability to discuss those feelings on camera. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 29 July 2022 At those frigid heights, some of the particles become nuclei around which condensation gathers and then quickly freezes, helping to produce puffy contrails that either vanish or persist as wispy, high-altitude cirrus clouds. Wired, 28 July 2022 This clear-skied, sunny May afternoon offers a stark reminder of how much has changed since the Vikings’ frigid season ended. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 When people turn up their heat during particularly frigid times, this can cause a run on supply. Globe Staff,, 21 July 2022 Games here have been sold out every year since 1960, the famously frigid weather of the Upper Midwest appearing to only embolden Green Bay fans. Fox News, 29 June 2022 It’s a barren and inhospitable rock plopped in a frigid channel in the Arctic. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 See More

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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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6 Aug 2022

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“Frigid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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


frig·​id | \ ˈfrij-əd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

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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