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 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. 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
Recent Examples on the Web The discussion over whether Garoppolo or Lance would start in Week 1 cooled in recent weeks after the rookie had a torrid start to training camp. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Sep. 2021 Coldiretti said Thursday that 20 percent of the tomato crop in Italy’s south was lost due to torrid heat and humidity., 12 Aug. 2021 Soto continued his torrid post-All Star game pace,, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Harvey Valentine,, 19 July 2021 The Mariners did slow Joey Gallo’s torrid offensive pace. Dallas News, 3 July 2021 Kylian Mbappe, who endured a torrid night leading the line for France, capped a miserable evening by missing his team's decisive fifth penalty, the only player not to score in the shootout. Matias Grez, CNN, 28 June 2021 Last season, the Browns got off to a torrid start with 12 takeaways in their first five games, but then tailed off to only four in their last six. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 Molly Smith got off to a torrid start with four birdies on her first six holes, all par-4s, to take down Harvard University senior captain Anina Ku., 11 Aug. 2021 Condo prices rose as well, although not at the torrid pace seen in Southern California’s single-family home market, where bidding wars dominate and prices set fresh records every month. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of torrid

: very hot and usually dry

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