torrid

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adjective tor·rid \ˈtȯr-əd, ˈtär-\

Definition of torrid

  1. 1a :  parched with heat especially of the sun :  hot torrid sandsb :  giving off intense heat :  scorching

  2. 2 :  ardent, passionate torrid love letters

torridity

play \tȯ-ˈri-də-tē\ noun

torridly

play \ˈtȯr-əd-lē, ˈtär-\ adverb

torridness

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Examples of torrid in a sentence

  1. The team had a torrid time trying to score.

  2. the dry, torrid summers in southern Arizona

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of torrid

Latin torridus, from torrēre


First Known Use: 1545


TORRID Defined for English Language Learners

torrid

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adjective tor·rid \ˈtȯr-əd, ˈtär-\

Definition of torrid for English Language Learners

  • : very hot and usually dry

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

  • : very difficult, uncomfortable, or unpleasant


TORRID Defined for Kids

torrid

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adjective tor·rid \ˈtȯr-əd\

Definition of torrid for Students

  1. :  very hot and usually dry



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