inactive or sluggish.
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
- tor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, noun
- tor·pid·ly, adverb
Other definitions for torpid (2 of 2)
an eight-oared, clinker-built boat used for races at Oxford University during the Lenten term.
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How to use torpid in a sentence
They were torpid, as you or I might be if we’d spent a long period locked-down and socially isolated.I’ve waited 17 years to write about periodical cicadas again. The wait is over. | John Kelly | May 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Cheng thinks modern ballots are “boring” and “graphically torpid.”
torpid as Spain had become, there was still one point on which she was exquisitely sensitive.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
I did not forget to mention the Companies, but find people, as I expected, torpid.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
Its indolence, and anger at the stirring of inward strife by nature, caused it to assume a torpid indifference.Papers from Overlook-House | Casper Almore
British Dictionary definitions for torpid
apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
(of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
unable to move or feel
- torpidity, noun
- torpidly, adverb
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