frigid

[frij-id]
adjective
1.
very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.
2.
without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm: a frigid reaction to the suggested law.
3.
stiff or formal: a welcome that was polite but frigid.
4.
a.
inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.
b.
unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.
5.
unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity: a correct, but frigid presentation.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin frīgidus, equivalent to frīg(us) coldness (akin to Greek rhîgos; see rigid) + -idus -id4

frigidness, noun
frigidly, adverb
nonfrigid, adjective
nonfrigidly, adverb
nonfrigidness, noun
unfrigid, adjective
unfrigidly, adverb
unfrigidness, noun


3. aloof, standoffish, distant, frosty, chilly, cool.
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frigid (ˈfrɪdʒɪd)
 
adj
1.  formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
2.  (esp of a woman)
 a.  lacking sexual responsiveness
 b.  averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
3.  characterized by physical coldness: a frigid zone
 
[C15: from Latin frigidus cold, from frīgēre to be cold, freeze; related to Latin frīgus frost]
 
fri'gidity
 
n
 
'frigidness
 
n
 
'frigidly
 
adv

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frigid
early 15c. (implied in frigidity), from L. frigidus "cold, chill, cool," from stem of frigere "be cold;" related to frigus "cold, coldness, frost." The meaning "wanting in sexual heat" is attested from 1650s. Frigidaire as the proprietary name of a brand of refrigerators dates from 1926.
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frigid frig·id (frĭj'ĭd)
adj.

  1. Extremely cold.

  2. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.

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Now a frigid chill is sweeping the expert-network industry.
How the frigid economic climate is creating a certain human warmth on our
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The waters off the coast vary from frigid to temperate to tropical.
These hibernacula are not as well protected from frigid weather and may freeze,
  along with their inhabitants.
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