Definition of frigid in English:

frigid

adjective

  • 1Very cold in temperature.

    ‘frigid water’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind swings around to the northwest, ushering in frigid temperatures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bigelow residents awoke to frigid temperatures last Sunday morning, and not just outside.’
    • ‘Forecasters are warning of more snow and frigid temperatures across Europe the next two days.’
    • ‘The cold, frigid air from the open windows chilled his body.’
    • ‘Logically the frigid temperatures and winds could have accounted for a good deal of this decrease.’
    • ‘Rain, snow and frigid temperatures are delaying efforts to reach many of the survivors.’
    • ‘Steiner noticed that because of frigid temperatures, inadequate heating, and poor insulation, one could see the children's breath inside the buildings.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They didn't adapt fast enough to survive the frigid temperature and lack of pressure.’
    • ‘A cold, frigid breeze wafted down the narrow streets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 (especially of a woman) unable or unwilling to be sexually aroused and responsive.
      • ‘All-natural aphrodisiacs can get even the most flaccid of men and frigid of women in the mood and raring to go.’
      • ‘Others become frigid and have problems in experiencing a healthy sexual life.’
      • ‘The frigid girl he'd first known was melting away.’
      • ‘With her usual perfection, Keaton plays an uptight frigid woman who is quietly appalled by her daughter's romantic liaison.’
      • ‘You know I'm frigid and completely ill-at-ease with my sexuality!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Maybe she is frigid due to a bad experience with another man.’
      • ‘It cures the sexually frigid and the easily upset; it reawakens interest in sex for those suffering from physical or psychological problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 Showing no friendliness or enthusiasm; stiff or formal in behavior or style.
      ‘Henrietta looked back with a frigid calm’
      • ‘Before long, however, she's back on baby-sitting duty, as assigned to her by her frigid stepmother.’
      • ‘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.’
      stiff, formal, stony, steely, flinty, wooden, impersonal, indifferent, unresponsive, unemotional, unfeeling, unsmiling, unenthusiastic, austere, distant, aloof, remote, reserved, unapproachable
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin frigidus, from frigere ‘be cold’, from frigus (noun) ‘cold’.

Pronunciation

frigid

/ˈfrɪdʒɪd//ˈfrijid/