- 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.
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Examples from the Web for torpidly
- 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 torpidly
1610s, from Latin torpidus "benumbed," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (see torpor).
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- Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
- Lethargic; apathetic.
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