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[frij-id] /ˈfrɪdʒ ɪd/
very cold in temperature:
a frigid climate.
without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm:
a frigid reaction to the suggested law.
stiff or formal:
a welcome that was polite but frigid.
  1. inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.
  2. unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.
unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity:
a correct, but frigid presentation.
Origin of frigid
1590-1600; < Latin frīgidus, equivalent to frīg(us) coldness (akin to Greek rhîgos; see rigid) + -idus -id4
Related forms
frigidness, noun
frigidly, adverb
nonfrigid, adjective
nonfrigidly, adverb
nonfrigidness, noun
unfrigid, adjective
unfrigidly, adverb
unfrigidness, noun
3. aloof, standoffish, distant, frosty, chilly, cool. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frigid
  • Now a frigid chill is sweeping the expert-network industry.
  • How the frigid economic climate is creating a certain human warmth on our campuses.
  • 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.
  • Here are some photos of frosty lettuce, the morning after a frigid night.
  • The spacecraft is also equipped with a camera to survey the landing site and a weather station to study the frigid climate.
  • The ability to survive and thrive in frigid water is impressive, but insects must survive much colder temperatures on land.
  • These colorful, shell-less creatures can be found from frigid seas to warm tropical waters.
  • They had survived for so long, under harsh environmental conditions, which included long frigid periods.
  • The temperatures dipped below freezing and the frigid winds were gusting.
British Dictionary definitions for frigid


formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
(esp of a woman)
  1. lacking sexual responsiveness
  2. averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
characterized by physical coldness: a frigid zone
Derived Forms
frigidity, frigidness, noun
frigidly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin frigidus cold, from frīgēre to be cold, freeze; related to Latin frīgus frost
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Word Origin and History for frigid

1620s, from Latin frigidus "cold, chill, cool," figuratively "indifferent," from stem of frigere "be cold;" related to frigus "cold, coldness, frost," from PIE root *srig- "cold."

The meaning "wanting in sexual heat" is attested from 1650s. Frigidaire as the proprietary name of a brand of self-contained automatically operated iceless refrigerator dates from 1919 (Frigidaire Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.).

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frigid in Medicine

frigid frig·id (frĭj'ĭd)

  1. Extremely cold.

  2. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.

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