Definition of frigid in English:



  • 1Very cold in temperature.

    ‘frigid water’
    • ‘The wind swings around to the northwest, ushering in frigid temperatures.’
    • ‘Bigelow residents awoke to frigid temperatures last Sunday morning, and not just outside.’
    • ‘Rain, snow and frigid temperatures are delaying efforts to reach many of the survivors.’
    • ‘Aquatic invertebrates are more plentiful in the south, but even in the frigid arctic waters sea stars, sea urchins, and crustaceans can be found, having found ways to adapt to the low temperatures.’
    • ‘In the winter of '58 however, John came home one evening, his cheeks brilliantly pink from the frigid cold, and his hands shoved deep into his pockets.’
    • ‘It is now so cold we want to die and the bleak, frigid pilgrimage to campus, wrought with icy peril and sub-zero gusts of wind, is a source of daily sorrow.’
    • ‘They didn't adapt fast enough to survive the frigid temperature and lack of pressure.’
    • ‘The sea here is as cold as Cornwall in winter and you have to wear a full wetsuit, boots, gloves and a hood to insulate you from the frigid waters and equally cold winds.’
    • ‘Steiner noticed that because of frigid temperatures, inadequate heating, and poor insulation, one could see the children's breath inside the buildings.’
    • ‘These waters pass through an annual cycle in which thick ice freezes on the water during Antarctica's frigid winter, then breaks and drifts into the Ross Sea during the summer.’
    • ‘The cold, frigid air from the open windows chilled his body.’
    • ‘As their bodies moved on auto-pilot, they pushed on through the 30-mile trekking loop to face the frigid Alaskan glacial waters yet again.’
    • ‘But I kept running faster and faster until I got to the courtyard where I jumped into the cold, frigid fountain and let the water wash over my body.’
    • ‘Forecasters are warning of more snow and frigid temperatures across Europe the next two days.’
    • ‘A cold, frigid breeze wafted down the narrow streets.’
    • ‘In the prison where a woman is sentenced to spend the rest of her life, many of the windows have no glass to stop the frigid mountain winds.’
    • ‘Travelling under frigid conditions, with temperatures as low as minus 54°C, Wegener reached the station five weeks later.’
    • ‘Logically the frigid temperatures and winds could have accounted for a good deal of this decrease.’
    • ‘In experiments over the past 2 years, physicists have been slowing laser light to a crawl, sometimes even stopping it cold within certain frigid gasses and solids.’
    • ‘Rarely moving, never eating, standing in frigid cold, the fathers-to-be will lose half their body weight incubating their egg over the next two months.’
    very cold, bitterly cold, bitter, freezing, frozen, frosty, icy, icy-cold, ice-cold, chilly, wintry, bleak, sub-zero, arctic, siberian, polar, glacial
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    1. 1.1 (of a woman) unable to be sexually aroused and responsive.
      ‘I've never been good at rejecting people, so I told him I was frigid’
      • ‘It cures the sexually frigid and the easily upset; it reawakens interest in sex for those suffering from physical or psychological problems.’
      • ‘Maybe she is frigid due to a bad experience with another man.’
      • ‘Others become frigid and have problems in experiencing a healthy sexual life.’
      • ‘The frigid girl he'd first known was melting away.’
      • ‘He took credit for publishing the first horror comics and compared her understanding of comic books to a frigid old maid's understanding of sex.’
      • ‘With her usual perfection, Keaton plays an uptight frigid woman who is quietly appalled by her daughter's romantic liaison.’
      • ‘All-natural aphrodisiacs can get even the most flaccid of men and frigid of women in the mood and raring to go.’
      • ‘She'd seen her in action just last night, so she knew that the woman was far from frigid.’
      • ‘The author, an intelligent woman and self-described formerly frigid wife, provides a long laundry list of explanations for this unhappy state of affairs.’
      • ‘You know I'm frigid and completely ill-at-ease with my sexuality!’
      • ‘Violent men, who I'm told quite often want sex after they've knocked their wives about, no doubt also classify as frigid the women who don't regard a black eye as acceptable foreplay.’
      sexually unresponsive, unresponsive, undemonstrative, unaffectionate, cold, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, passionless, unfeeling, unemotional, unloving, uncaring
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    2. 1.2 Stiff or formal in behaviour or style.
      ‘the frigid elegance of the new Opera Bastille’
      • ‘She didn't want her new friend to think she was frigid or strange in any way.’
      • ‘‘Listen to me, girl,’ he snapped, his tone suddenly frigid and unfriendly.’
      • ‘Before long, however, she's back on baby-sitting duty, as assigned to her by her frigid stepmother.’
      stiff, formal, stony, steely, flinty, wooden, impersonal, indifferent, unresponsive, unemotional, unfeeling, unsmiling, unenthusiastic, austere, distant, aloof, remote, reserved, unapproachable
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Late Middle English: from Latin frigidus, from frigere ‘be cold’, from frigus (noun) ‘cold’.