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  1. very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.

  2. without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm: a frigid reaction to the suggested law.

  1. stiff or formal: a welcome that was polite but frigid.

  2. (of a woman)

    • inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.

    • unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.

  3. 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

Other words for frigid

Other words from frigid

  • frig·id·ness, noun
  • frig·id·ly, adverb
  • non·frig·id, adjective
  • non·frig·id·ly, adverb
  • non·frig·id·ness, noun
  • un·frig·id, adjective
  • un·frig·id·ly, adverb
  • un·frig·id·ness, noun

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How to use frigid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frigid


/ (ˈfrɪdʒɪd) /

  1. formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth

  2. (esp of a woman)

    • lacking sexual responsiveness

    • averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse

  1. characterized by physical coldness: a frigid zone

Origin of frigid

C15: from Latin frigidus cold, from frīgēre to be cold, freeze; related to Latin frīgus frost

Derived forms of frigid

  • frigidity or frigidness, noun
  • frigidly, adverb

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