[ 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.
(of a woman)
  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

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British Dictionary definitions for frigid

/ (ˈfrɪdʒɪd) /


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 coldnessa frigid zone

Derived forms of frigid

frigidity or frigidness, nounfrigidly, adverb

Word Origin for frigid

C15: from Latin frigidus cold, from frīgēre to be cold, freeze; related to Latin frīgus frost
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Medical definitions for frigid

[ frĭjĭd ]


Extremely cold.
Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.
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