- 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.
- (of a woman)
- inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.
- unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.
- unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity: a correct, but frigid presentation.
Origin of frigid
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Examples from the Web for frigid
After a half-century of frigid relations, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to a thaw as the result of 18 months of secret talks.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
Russia is rapidly building up its military forces in the Arctic in an effort to secure its claims in the frigid region.Russia Preps Its North Pole Invasion
November 8, 2014
Famine and frigid temperatures ensued, and roughly 10 percent of the population died.When the Weather Went All Medieval: Climate Change, Famine, and Mass Death
June 11, 2014
She never liked her mother—a frigid and inattentive woman—but adored her father.A Sex Addiction Expert Diagnoses Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’
March 23, 2014
In the frigid temperatures, demonstrators constructed barricades, built a massive tent city and occupied government buildings.Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?
February 19, 2014
No sign of recognition; rather a cold, frigid stare, I thought.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The General, with a frigid nod, moved on a few paces and left them together.Southern Lights and Shadows
The house was in darkness, and the moon brought it out in silvery, frigid relief.The Law-Breakers
Down there at Vernon, in my frigid room, I bit my pillow to stifle my cries.Therese Raquin
He was frigid, through no fault of his own, and without cruelty.Howards End
E. M. Forster
- formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
- (esp of a woman)
- lacking sexual responsiveness
- averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
- characterized by physical coldnessa frigid zone
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.).
- Extremely cold.
- Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.