torpid

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[ tawr-pid ]
/ ˈtɔr pɪd /

adjective

inactive or sluggish.
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.

Origin of torpid

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1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4

Related forms

tor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, nountor·pid·ly, adverb

Can be confused

torpid turbid turgid

Definition for torpid (2 of 2)

torpid

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[ tawr-pid ]
/ ˈtɔr pɪd /

noun

an eight-oared, clinker-built boat used for races at Oxford University during the Lenten term.

Origin of torpid

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First recorded in 1830–40; special use of torpid1
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British Dictionary definitions for torpid

torpid

/ (ˈtɔːpɪd) /

adjective

apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
(of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
unable to move or feel

Derived Forms

torpidity, nountorpidly, adverb

Word Origin for torpid

C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Medicine definitions for torpid

torpid

[ tôrpĭd ]

adj.

Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
Lethargic; apathetic.

Related forms

tor•pidi•ty n.
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