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 Short days and frigid temperatures this time of year in Harbin, China, are cause for celebration. Washington Post, "Harbin Ice Festival is a bright spot during winter’s dark days," 3 Jan. 2021 The joyous holiday season and overall majesty of winter also, unfortunately, bring frigid temperatures, black ice, and snowstorms with them. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "17 Stylish Snow Boots to Get You Through Winter," 28 Dec. 2020 Kevin Stefanski held a walk-though in the garage next to the team hotel at 8:15 this morning in frigid temperatures to get his new receivers up to speed for the Jets game. cleveland, "Kevin Stefanski holds walk-through in a garage Sunday morning before Jets game: ‘It’s nothing new; It’s 2020′," 27 Dec. 2020 More people will be allowed inside grocery stores and other essential businesses as the state on Wednesday amended its public health order on the coronavirus to address waiting lines as frigid temperatures take hold across the state. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Nursing homes, contagious Clauses, toy drive boost: News from around our 50 states," 18 Dec. 2020 As Anniston and the rest of northern Alabama braced for frigid temperatures Monday, city officials and a local nonprofit improvised a solution to keep the city’s homeless residents out of the cold. Tim Lockette The Anniston Star, al, "Anniston’s homeless taken to hotel as temperature plummets," 1 Dec. 2020 At most of the state’s universities, as frigid temperatures descend, students won’t be coming back for the rest of the fall semester after leaving for Thanksgiving break. Kristina Vakhman,, "College isn’t the same with COVID-19, but Connecticut students are making the most of it," 28 Nov. 2020 Folklore weather forecasting is the do-it-yourself method of foretelling the chance of snowstorms, frigid temperatures or a mild and tolerable winter aheadusing only the signs in nature. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Will it be snowy this winter? We looked for signs in nature to predict the weather ahead," 11 Nov. 2020 Authorities issued a weather advisory for areas above 5,500 feet, warning of frigid temperatures and additional snowfall throughout Monday morning. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Northern Arizona sees snow, slick roads and dangerous travel conditions," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Frigid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 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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