torpid

adjective tor·pid \ ˈtȯr-pəd \

Definition of torpid

1 a :sluggish in functioning or acting
  • a torpid mind
b :having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling :numb
c :exhibiting or characterized by torpor :dormant
  • a torpid bird
2 :lacking in energy or vigor :apathetic, dull

torpidity

play \tȯr-ˈpi-də-tē\ noun

Examples of torpid in a Sentence

  1. a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch

  2. my tongue and throat remained torpid for a time following the endoscopy

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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


TORPID Defined for English Language Learners

torpid

adjective

Definition of torpid for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing very little energy or movement : not active


Medical Dictionary

torpid

adjective tor·pid \ ˈtȯr-pəd \

medical Definition of torpid

:sluggish in functioning or acting :characterized by torpor

torpidity

play \tȯr-ˈpid-ət-ē\ noun plural -ties


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