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.

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Heat pumps are ideal for regions with moderate climates, but are less efficient in areas with long, frigid winters. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Heat Pump Works," 14 Jan. 2019 The first week of August seems like an odd time to fret about a frigid winter, but perhaps not for people who buy, sell and store natural gas. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Don’t Get Complacent About Natural Gas," 1 Aug. 2018 But because that swing is so much more dramatic, the plunge in sunlight creates a milder northern summer and a downright frigid southern winter. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun," 5 July 2018 These workers will focus on heating and other maintenance issues, following a frigid winter that revealed serious infrastructure issues in some of the city’s school buildings. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore school board votes to pass $1.3 billion operating budget," 9 May 2018 For the 85th consecutive year, birders will welcome the start of another spring migration, the highlight of the season for the majority of birders after a long, frigid winter. James F. Mccarty,, "Celebrate the return of spring songbirds to NE Ohio with the 85th Annual Spring Bird Walks," 9 Apr. 2018 Scientists have long believed that this behavior can be chalked up to a logical explanation: the monkeys are cold, and dipping in the hot springs helps them keep warm during frigid winters in northern Japan. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Chilling Out in Hot Springs May Help Japan’s Snow Monkeys Reduce Stress," 5 Apr. 2018 At the same time, the city's ability to power through its frigid winters is part of defining its place in a country that has seen its fair share of tragedies and upheavals over the last century, yet still managed to survive. Sabra Ayres,, "How much did it snow? It snowed so much that Moscow called a snow day. That never happens," 5 Feb. 2018 Kate Middleton came to Sweden prepared to brave the frigid Scandinavian winter. Diana Pearl,, "Kate Middleton Wore the Perfect Winter Outfit Today — and You Can Get Her Cozy Look!," 30 Jan. 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 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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