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
Related formsfrig·id·ness, nounfrig·id·ly, adverbnon·frig·id, adjectivenon·frig·id·ly, adverbnon·frig·id·ness, nounun·frig·id, adjectiveun·frig·id·ly, adverbun·frig·id·ness, noun

Synonyms for frigid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frigid

Contemporary Examples of frigid

Historical Examples of frigid

  • 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.

  • The house was in darkness, and the moon brought it out in silvery, frigid relief.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Down there at Vernon, in my frigid room, I bit my pillow to stifle my cries.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • He was frigid, through no fault of his own, and without cruelty.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

British Dictionary definitions for frigid



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 Formsfrigidity 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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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

frigid in Medicine




Extremely cold.
Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.
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