Definition of torrid in English:



  • 1Very hot and dry.

    ‘the torrid heat of the afternoon’
    • ‘The thermometer ranges from below zero in the winter to above 100 on torrid summer days when scorching winds sandblast the canyons.’
    • ‘Their masters, too, were reeling under the torrid heat.’
    • ‘Having spent much of his coaching career in the heat of Turkey's torrid arenas, the Peterhead manager, proved himself a surprising dab hand with the snow-shovel as he mucked in on Friday night.’
    • ‘Las Vegas is famous for gambling, sex, torrid heat and gigantic men in posing trunks in pursuit of stardom.’
    • ‘When the summer gets torrid, its time to go on long holidays, preferably tourist packages, to places where it is much cooler and peaceful.’
    • ‘I was indulging in the torrid heat of a thermal bath…’
    • ‘Youths held a long banner overlooking the strong-smelling grave in torrid heat.’
    • ‘Those unlucky of not having the time or the inclination to go to Goa's golden beaches, take heart from the Coconut lagoon, for it will provide similar respite and comfort from the torrid summer.’
    • ‘So he stood there with his bag in his hand, braving the torrid summer heat for three hours.’
    • ‘Tourists visiting Bangalore to get away from the torrid heat in cities such as Chennai and Hyderabad are now forced to endure the same unfavourable weather conditions here as well, though minus the humidity.’
    • ‘An added incentive, if any, is the air-conditioning environment of the computer institutes offering the much-needed respite from the torrid summer.’
    • ‘Lightweight seersucker check with embroidered tops and knits to match falls right in place this torrid summer.’
    • ‘If your summers veer towards the torrid, a soft coat low e with a lower SHGC may be a more sensible strategy.’
    • ‘A section of men, including small boys, have their days in the torrid heat in the city that has now worn a festoon ambience for its favourite month, ‘Chithirai’.’
    • ‘Furthermore, he has managed to steady the ship following the torrid days of early summer when he was being pilloried for everything from opera to poorly chosen kilts.’
    • ‘Faced with heavy losses due to flagging demand, there was talk of drastic reductions in spring last year, but nobody was prepared to take the lead, and, in the end, a torrid summer saved them from having to do so.’
    • ‘Surely, there can't be a more torrid time than summer.’
    • ‘Beautifully textured, sensuous and skin-friendly, it is cool in torrid Indian summers and keeps one warm in winter.’
    • ‘Whether in the torrid months of summer, the pouring rains of the monsoon season, or the cold winters of the North, it's always tea time in India.’
    • ‘Chisholm's departure would come after a torrid summer in which he has been harshly criticised for allowing a series of swingeing cuts in hospital services throughout Scotland.’
    hot, sweltering, sultry, scorching, boiling, parching, sizzling, roasting, blazing, burning, blistering, tropical, stifling, suffocating, oppressive
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    1. 1.1 Full of passion arising from sexual love.
      ‘a torrid love affair’
      • ‘When you do feel comfortable with someone, though, your torrid sexual appetite will make him very happy.’
      • ‘But a little while ago I did get them out and look at them and they were pretty torrid love letters.’
      • ‘The hub of the show, and the principal element that has maintained its longevity, was the torrid love affair between Gomez and Morticia.’
      • ‘He became less of a stranger later, and more of a boy who I would have a torrid love affair with.’
      • ‘In no time at all, both are head-first into a torrid, steamy love affair.’
      • ‘The dramatists also tend to get the office politics wrong, creating tensions and torrid love affairs between pathologists and police where there are none.’
      • ‘Most come with torrid messages of love expressed in poetry.’
      • ‘The general thrust of these stories was that of some handsome, dashing and very young aviator who had a Parisian girlfriend, and between the two there is a torrid love interest.’
      • ‘As ‘Marriage and Murder’ showed, torrid passions could still burn in cold climates - even Winnipeg's.’
      • ‘My body, overheated from the torrid hotness and sexual cravings glistened from excessive perspiration.’
      • ‘These two soon begin a torrid affair, making love under Albert's nose at the restaurant.’
      • ‘He thus tasked himself to extraction from what was not, oddly enough, a torrid steamy love affair with an accountant.’
      • ‘We met and fell in love and had a torrid passionate affair.’
      • ‘‘A secret, torrid love affair,’ Tori swooned falsely, winning a laugh from Jacquelyn and Ramona.’
      • ‘Once upstairs, it was a torrid and passionate night for both.’
      • ‘Instead, they make torrid love in Maria's apartment, a supremely erotic scene that finds rapture in the contortions of Morton's face.’
      • ‘This being the movies, naturally a torrid love story sparks the lulls between battles and cannonfire.’
      • ‘Or to put it a nicer way, they are engaged in a torrid yet tragic love affair.’
      • ‘A friend of mine has two boy cats, both neutered, who are enjoying a torrid if sexless love affair.’
      • ‘She and Gary face some torrid love scenes ahead, however, and we think things might be getting a little interesting on the set right now.’
      passionate, impassioned, ardent, intense, inflamed, fervent, fervid, lustful, amorous, erotic, sexy
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  • 2British Full of difficulty.

    ‘he'd been given a pretty torrid time by the nation's voters’
    • ‘John Williams, who had being giving their full back a torrid time, did exceptionally well to get to the by-line and pull the ball back to me.’
    • ‘Dolan admitted the torrid conditions had made life difficult, especially with Cheltenham firing in a number of dangerous crosses.’
    • ‘A torrid Christmas is only part of their difficulties, as we explain on page four.’
  • 3North American (especially in financial contexts) characterized by intense activity; hard to contain or stop.

    ‘the world's most torrid economies’
    • ‘To many observers, India's torrid economic growth looks like a recent event.’
    • ‘By just about every standard, from GDP growth to consumer confidence, the U.S. economy is in the midst of a torrid turnaround.’
    • ‘He's betting that the Chinese economy will keep roaring along at its present torrid pace, at a time when many analysts believe China is set to slow, or maybe even overheat.’
    • ‘Gap continues to add hundreds of new stores at a torrid pace despite the sluggish economy and signs of market saturation.’
    • ‘The U.S. economy almost certainly won't keep up the third quarter's torrid pace.’
    • ‘During the 1989-90 recession, for example, there was a torrid need for financial consultants as companies downsized.’
    • ‘But the F1 business, for which the company is best known, had a torrid year financially.’
    • ‘True, the city's new economy is unlikely to keep up its current torrid growth tempo.’
    • ‘Indeed, Bangalore's economy is growing at a torrid 10% annual clip - twice the national average.’


Late 16th century: from French torride or Latin torridus, from torrere ‘parch, scorch’.