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

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Other Words from torrid

torridity \ tȯ-​ˈri-​də-​tē How to pronounce torridity (audio) \ noun
torridly \ ˈtȯr-​əd-​lē How to pronounce torridly (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. 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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Predicted Lineups China head into this monumental clash on a torrid run of four straight defeats, the most recent of which coming in their final warm up game, a 2-1 loss to this years' hosts France., "2019 Women's World Cup - Matchday 2 Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 6 June 2019 Various computer model forecasts suggest that the second half of the month will turn markedly less hot, partially offsetting the torrid start. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, "July outlook: The month kicks off like a firecracker but heat should ease in second half," 29 June 2018 Korda’s torrid start to the year after major jaw surgery began to wane with two missed cuts in the past three weeks. Beth Ann Nichols, USA TODAY, "Jessica Korda among young guns in contention at KPMG Women's PGA," 28 June 2018 Perhaps this torrid start is a direct response to Moustakas’ collapse in the free-agent market. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Amidst 14-game hitting streak, Royals' Moustakas belting baseballs harder than ever | The Kansas City Star," 23 Apr. 2018 The wait cooled a torrid start. Affording it to him, though, was overdue. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros blast White Sox to open series," 21 Apr. 2018 Antetokounmpo, who finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, got off to a torrid start to the game, going 4 of 4 from the field in the first 3 1/2 minutes. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 120, Bucks 106: Lackluster Milwaukee falls into a 2-0 hole in the series," 17 Apr. 2018 Williamson is off to a torrid start, hitting .692 with four RBI through three games. Mark Billingsley, sacbee, "New players, new menu items, new season: River Cats' home opener is on deck | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Apr. 2018 Hoskins went just 14 for 87 this month in 100 plate appearances after starting the season with a torrid April. Matt Breen,, "Rhys Hoskins has a fractured jaw, likely headed to the disabled list," 30 May 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
British : very difficult, uncomfortable, or unpleasant


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

Kids Definition of torrid

: very hot and usually dry

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