Examples of torpid in a Sentence
a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch
my tongue and throat remained torpid for a time following the endoscopy
Recent Examples of torpid from the Web
Labrador condemned the Obama administration for weak economic growth following the Great Recession — GDP growth was torpid, although other economic indicators fared better.
With the market for larger corporate plans particularly torpid, Embraer has resisted offering business versions of the newer E2 family of passenger jets, Amalfitano said.
Hamsters, for example, can instead enter a torpid state that actually protects their cells from ageing over winter.
Or perhaps Madeleine George’s script is not getting sufficient service in a torpid and joyless staging at Park Square Theatre.
After a torpid start, Williams recovered from a 2-4 deficit to take the first set and then opened the second set by winning the first 11 points of the second set.
If the wheels of justice turn slowly, the wheels of legislature follow a crushingly torpid, if sometimes erratic, path.
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Origin and Etymology of torpid
Middle English, from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be sluggish or numb; akin to Lithuanian tirpti to become numb
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of torpid for English Language Learners
: having or showing very little energy or movement : not active
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