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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Whether accompanying nap-friendly athleisure or cozy knits to combat frigid plane temperatures, these four favored bags marry fashion and function while instantly elevating any plane look. Vogue, "Is the Airport Your Runway? Meet 4 Travel Bags That Marry Fashion and Function," 23 Apr. 2019 Students at Johnson Elementary in Milford, Mich., were at home one frigid day when news popped up on the school Twitter account. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "It’s an ‘Ice Ice Day’—Schools Set Snow Day Announcements to Music," 7 Feb. 2019 On a frigid, blustery day with the wind blowing in, Chicago’s Kyle Schwarber sent a line drive through the gusts and just into the seats in right in the sixth inning for the game’s only run. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers look to put runs on the board after Cubs pitchers dominated first two meetings," 10 June 2018 Then, early in the ’81 season, Frank brought him up to start the third game of the year on a frigid day in Chicago. Davey Johnson,, "What It Was Like to Manage a Rookie Doc Gooden, the Gritty Wally Backman and the New York Mets," 1 June 2018 QB Rocky Lombardi: There were some hiccups — a fumbled snap exchange, some hesitation under pressure, a few errant passes on a frigid day — but the redshirt freshman looked as good as advertised for his first live-action snaps in front of a crowd. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "MSU football stock watch: Who's up, down after spring game," 8 Apr. 2018 On a frigid December day a few weeks later, Trust is shooting in a studio complex in East London, on a little island surrounded by empty parking lots and gas stations. Zach Baron, GQ, "What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?," 22 Feb. 2018 Fuman was thrust into the spotlight this month when a teacher at his school in southern China shared a photo showing him covered in frost, the result of a 2.8-mile trek to school on a frigid day. Javier C. HernÁndez, New York Times, "China’s Propagandists Wanted a Hero. ‘Frost Boy’ Fit the Bill.," 23 Jan. 2018 What the Pros Do: Hire Helicopters On clear, frigid days, soil radiates cold, meaning that ground-level air is cooler than air 30-40 feet up. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Could a Platoon of Helicopters Have Saved Washington, D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms?," 20 Mar. 2017

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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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