- inactive or sluggish.
- slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
- dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
Origin of torpid1
1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4
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2. indolent. 3. See inactive.
- an eight-oared, clinker-built boat used for races at Oxford University during the Lenten term.
Origin of torpid2
First recorded in 1830–40; special use of torpid1
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Examples from the Web for torpid
When in action he was superb and safe to follow; only when torpid he was dangerous.The Education of Henry Adams
I was not deceived then, it was a torpid man that I had under my eyes, and not a dead one!The Man With The Broken Ear
I was a cipher in this august company, and felt subdued, not to say torpid.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
His mind, too, was in a torpid state, but might gradually awaken.Fairy Fingers
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Bees are not, as some suppose, in a dormant, or torpid condition in Winter.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
- apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
- (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
- unable to move or feel
C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Word Origin and History for torpid
1610s, from Latin torpidus "benumbed," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (see torpor).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
- Lethargic; apathetic.
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