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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The photos were taken by both amateur and professional photographers, who braved frigid weather, trekked through dense forests and walked across wetlands to capture the perfect shots of our fine feathered friends. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society’s Photo Contest," 6 July 2018 The imager’s cooling system — which uses propolyne — is not maintaining that frigid temperature during the warmer part of each orbit, and so the channels aren’t working well about half the time. Washington Post, "New US weather satellite can’t keep cool, could hurt photos," 23 May 2018 The frigid temperatures that lingered through March and April delayed the pollination. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Seasonal allergy sufferers should stay inside this weekend because ‘thunder fever’," 17 May 2018 After a frigid start to the season that saw him hit .059 (2-for-34), Susnara has been on a red-hot streak. Paul Johnson, Naperville Sun, "Not-so-tiny Tim: Standout defensive catcher Tim Susnara heats up at the plate for Kane County Cougars," 3 July 2018 This collision could have radically changed the planet, resulting in its telltale tilt and making it relatively frigid compared to farther-out Neptune. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Finally Know What Smacked Uranus Sideways," 2 July 2018 In praise of wild and frigid places For this photo, Burkard convinced his friend, big-wave surfer Keith Malloy, to hop on a last-minute flight with him and go hunt swells on the south coast of Iceland. Serena Renner, Outside Online, "The Wild Life of Instagram Star Chris Burkard," 2 July 2018 This looks to be an especially frigid market for centers, but Dallas is the rare team with both the need and the cap space to make a move worth Jordan's while. Rob Mahoney,, "After Declining His Player Option, Did DeAndre Jordan Just Pave His Way to Dallas?," 29 June 2018 Micheli said computer models suggest objects typically are ejected during the formation of planetary systems, and that most of these castaways should be comets given their location on the frigid outskirts of their systems. Washington Post, "Comet or asteroid? Scientists ID interstellar visitor," 27 June 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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