rigid

[rij-id]

adjective


Origin of rigid

1530–40; < Latin rigidus, equivalent to rig(ēre) to be stiff, stiffen + -idus -id4
Related formsri·gid·i·ty, rig·id·ness, nounrig·id·ly, adverbo·ver·rig·id, adjectiveo·ver·rig·id·ly, adverbo·ver·rig·id·ness, nouno·ver·ri·gid·i·ty, nounsub·rig·id, adjectivesub·rig·id·ly, adverbsub·rig·id·ness, nounsub·ri·gid·i·ty, nounun·rig·id, adjectiveun·rig·id·ly, adverbun·rig·id·ness, noun

Synonyms for rigid

1. unbending, firm, inflexible. 2. immovable, static. 3. austere, stern, unyielding. See strict. 4, 5. demanding.

Antonyms for rigid

1. elastic. 3. lax.
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Examples from the Web for rigid

Contemporary Examples of rigid

Historical Examples of rigid

  • They were hard-featured men, sallow of complexion, rigid in their looks.

  • The rigid lines of black that crossed it were bars—prison bars.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He pointed to the rigid form of the dead man, lying there so very near them.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The moral tension, which had held her hopeless and rigid, gave way.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Almamen marked his emotion with an eye and lip of rigid composure.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for rigid

rigid

adjective

not bending; physically inflexible or stiffa rigid piece of plastic
unbending; rigorously strict; severerigid rules

adverb

completely or excessivelythe lecture bored him rigid
Derived Formsrigidly, adverbrigidity or rigidness, noun

Word Origin for rigid

C16: from Latin rigidus, from rigēre to be stiff
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Word Origin and History for rigid
adj.

early 15c., from Latin rigidus "hard, stiff, rough, severe," from rigere "be stiff," from PIE *reig- "stretch (tight), bind tightly, make fast" (cf. Old Irish riag "torture," Middle High German ric "band, string"). Related: Rigidly.

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