frigid

adjective frig·id \ ˈfri-jəd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of frigid

1 a :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
3 a :abnormally averse to sexual intercourse used especially of women
b of a female :unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse

frigidly

adverb

frigidness

noun

Examples of frigid in a Sentence

  1. The frigid gusts of wind stung their faces.

  2. She was born into an emotionally frigid family.

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Origin and Etymology of frigid

Latin frigidus, from frigēre to be cold; akin to Latin frigus frost, cold, Greek rhigos


FRIGID Defined for English Language Learners

frigid

adjective

Definition of frigid for English Language Learners

  • : very cold

  • : not friendly or loving : lacking emotional warmth

  • of a woman : not wanting to have sex : not enjoying sex


FRIGID Defined for Kids

frigid

adjective frig·id \ ˈfri-jəd \

Definition of frigid for Students

1 :freezing cold
  • … he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air.
  • —Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 :not friendly
  • a frigid stare

Medical Dictionary

frigid

adjective frig·id \ ˈfrij-əd \

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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