tor·​rid | \ ˈtȯr-əd How to pronounce torrid (audio) , ˈtär- \

Definition of torrid

1a : parched with heat especially of the sun : hot torrid sands
b : giving off intense heat : scorching
2 : ardent, passionate torrid love letters

Other Words from torrid

torridity \ tȯ-​ˈri-​də-​tē How to pronounce torrid (audio) \ noun
torridly \ ˈtȯr-​əd-​lē How to pronounce torrid (audio) , ˈtär-​ \ adverb
torridness noun

What Do torrid and Toast Have in Common?

Torrid derives from the Latin verb torrēre, which means "to burn" or "to parch" and is an ancestor of our word toast. Despite the dry implications of this root, it is also an ancestor of torrent, which can refer to a violent stream of liquid (as in "a torrent of rain"). Torrid first appeared in English in the 16th century, and was originally used to describe something burned or scorched by exposure to the sun. The term torrid zone later came about to refer to tropical regions of the Earth. Torrid has taken on several extended meanings that we would use for hot, including "showing fiery passion," as in "torrid love letters," or "displaying unusual luck or fortune," as in "a baseball player on a torrid hitting streak."

Examples of torrid in a Sentence

The team had a torrid time trying to score. the dry, torrid summers in southern Arizona
Recent Examples on the Web But in 2021, Toronto moved the 21-year-old Guerrero over to first base full-time and the former consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball got off to a torrid start en route to hitting 48 homers and placing second in American League MVP voting. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 23 June 2022 After hitting just four of their first 12 shots, the Warriors made nine of their next 13 to go on a torrid 21-0 run between the end of the first quarter and well into the second. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 An English professor in the process of divorcing her husband begins a sultry, extremely torrid affair with a young female sculptor in this absolute classic of lesbian cinema. Marley Marius, Vogue, 4 June 2022 This is a tad higher than economists had forecast, and is down just a bit from the torrid pace of earlier months (where growth was consistently in the range of 400-500,000). Harry Holzer, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Betts continued his torrid pace at the plate, going two for four to raise his batting average to .310. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Her road trips have been very successful of late as Swiatek, tight to the baseline, imposes her rhythm and shrinks the open space: walking briskly between points and setting a torrid pace once points begin. New York Times, 24 May 2022 Corporate income-tax revenue continued its torrid pace, rising $38 billion, or 21%. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 12 May 2022 Over the past several months, iPhone 14 rumors have been popping up at a torrid pace. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of torrid

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for torrid

borrowed from French & Latin; French torride, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin torridus "dried by exposure to heat, parched, scorched," adjective derivative from the stem of torreō, torrēre "to heat so as to dry, scorch, parch" — more at thirst entry 1

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“Torrid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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tor·​rid | \ ˈtȯr-əd How to pronounce torrid (audio) \

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: very hot and usually dry

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