tor·rid | \ˈtȯr-əd, 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

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Other Words from torrid

torridity \tȯ-ˈri-də-tē \ noun
torridly \ˈtȯr-əd-lē, 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. By the end of that century the word had taken on the extended meaning that we know today - suggesting fiery passion.

Examples of torrid in a Sentence

The team had a torrid time trying to score. the dry, torrid summers in southern Arizona

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Given their mutual dependency, the union between Ronaldo and Perez, the Galactico and the stargazer, has long been surprisingly torrid. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid to Join Juventus," 10 July 2018 May is facing a torrid time trying to reconcile Brexit backers and pro-Europeans in her top team, with the fight laid bare spectacularly this week. Tim Ross,, "May Plans Countryside Lock-in to End Cabinet War Over Brexit," 8 June 2018 The departure of Kanté from Stamford Bridge would be the latest blow in a torrid few months for Chelsea., "PSG Eye £100m Bid for Chelsea Midfielder as Blues Scout Ligue 1 Stars as Possible Replacements," 6 July 2018 Cruz's second-quarter fundraising also was his largest yet, though not nearly enough to keep up with O'Rourke's torrid pace. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Hello, Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Should the Red Sox continue at their torrid pace, with 65 wins through their first 94 games, their ratings will certainly rise in the second half. Chad Finn,, "The Sports Hub remains top-rated radio station in Boston," 12 July 2018 After a torrid first week with triple-A Oklahoma City, Toles sat out nearly two months because of a hamstring injury. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers put Yasiel Puig on the disabled list, call up Andrew Toles," 10 July 2018 That is a big but not insurmountable gap if Amazon keeps up its torrid stock gains. Shira Ovide, The Seattle Times, "Amazon closes in on Apple in the $1 trillion market-value stakes," 2 July 2018 Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who earlier in the day was named the National League’s Player of the Month, continued his torrid hitting on Monday by going 4 for 4 with four singles to raise his batting average to .274. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Torey Lovullo and Yadier Molina meet to clear the air, but Cardinals get the last word," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of torrid

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for torrid

Latin torridus, from torrēre

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English Language Learners Definition of torrid

: very hot and usually dry

: showing or expressing very strong feelings especially of sexual or romantic desire

: very difficult, uncomfortable, or unpleasant


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Kids Definition of torrid

: very hot and usually dry

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