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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The Milwaukee County Transit System says an alert bus driver rescued a young child found wandering barefoot on a freeway overpass in frigid temperatures. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Rapper charged in near-naked freeway stunt that snarled Los Angeles traffic for hours," 10 Jan. 2019 No more long hours in the blistering heat or frigid cold with an RV just slightly bigger than an SUV. Fox News, "Big adventures in a smaller RV," 22 Aug. 2018 While Baltimore hasn’t seen any major snowstorms this winter, schools have closed for a nor’easter, frigid cold, ice and several inches of snow. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Maryland schools and snow days: what is left?," 21 Mar. 2018 The frigid cold is expected to peak across Europe on Thursday. Alex Scimecca, Fortune, "Snow in the UK: Photos of the ‘Beast from the East’," 27 Feb. 2018 After the slick road conditions and the frigid cold, Texans will be happy to get outside and enjoy the sunshine again. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "From Hurricane Harvey to ice storms: Photo shows polarizing weather of East Texas," 18 Jan. 2018 The frigid cold has delayed work on the new plaza at the Porter County Administration Building, which officials hoped would be completed by the first of the year. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Cold weather delays steps repair at Porter administration building," 12 Jan. 2018 Many of the ducks had been forced onto the large open reservoir by the frigid cold and were understandably uneasy. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Birders find local rarities at neighborhood ponds, Lake Norman | Charlotte Observer," 11 Jan. 2018 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

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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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