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 The layer of grease was supposed to provide them with some insulation against the frigid waters of Liverpool Bay, where their submarine had sunk during a sea trial conducted amidst the first rumblings of the war to come with Hitler. Rachel Lance, Wired, "How to Escape From a Sunken Submarine," 7 Apr. 2020 In fact, since some species of midges are designed for frigid water, trout sometimes eat them right through the winter. Morgan Lyle, Field & Stream, "9 Simple Flies for Catching Early-Season Trout," 30 Mar. 2020 Now a study shows that an Antarctic fish called the bald notothen can ramp up its levels by more than 200 percent to pursue an active life in frigid waters. Priyanka Runwal, Scientific American, "Antarctic Fish Is a Blood Doping Champion," 30 Mar. 2020 As the frigid Alaskan waters lapped at his heels, Patrick Druckenmiller repositioned his saw against the algae-dappled rock. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "215-Million-Year-Old, Sharp-Nosed Sea Creature Was Among the Last of Its Kind," 5 Mar. 2020 Crew members felt a large bump just before a medevac flight took off from the Unalaska airport runway and descended into the frigid waters of Unalaska Bay in January, according to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Warning horn sounded before medevac plane sank into Unalaska waters after takeoff, report says," 21 Feb. 2020 The officer approaches the pool, where the deer's body is submerged in the frigid water. NBC News, "Watch: Deer submerged in swimming pool rescued by Kentucky police officer," 23 Jan. 2020 Every year, hundreds gather at Chippewa Lake for a brisk 5K Run/Walk and a daring plunge into the frigid lake waters. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "High school friends continue making music together: Whit & Whimsey," 10 Jan. 2020 An unlucky outdoor enthusiast slips into the frigid water and sinks under the surface. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Survival Tips To Get You Through Winter," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of frigid was in 1619

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27 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frigid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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