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 Spending had fallen 1% in February as frigid winter weather disrupted sales. Martin Crutsinger, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 It's been a week since a frigid storm engulfed the state, knocking out power and water and leaving millions of Texans freezing in their homes for days. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 23 Feb. 2021 Texas, after a frigid storm left millions without power and water for a time, has reopened inoculation sites. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 22 Feb. 2021 The crisis in Texas is expanding after a frigid winter storm crippled infrastructure in the state. Janet Shamlian, CBS News, 19 Feb. 2021 Around Dallas, nonprofits and community leaders in the city’s poorest neighborhoods scrambled this week to keep people warm as a frigid winter storm kicked off persistent power outages across the state. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2021 Power outages across Texas are worsening as some face a loss of electricity until Tuesday following a frigid winter storm that has gripped most of the Lone Star State. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, 15 Feb. 2021 The illness, isolation and frigid conditions combined for mass death, sending people with fevers out into the cold seeking relief, only to die of hypothermia. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 The brutal winter weather across the South over Valentine’s Day weekend battered multiple states, with Texas bearing the brunt of unseasonably frigid conditions that caused widespread power outages and frozen pipes that burst and flooded homes. Darlene Superville,, 26 Feb. 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Frigid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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