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  1. inactive or sluggish.

  2. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.

  1. dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.

Origin of torpid

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin torpidus “numb,” equivalent to torp(ēre) “to be stiff or numb” + -idus -id4

synonym study For torpid

3. See inactive.

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Opposites for torpid

Other words from torpid

  • tor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, noun
  • tor·pid·ly, adverb

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Other definitions for torpid (2 of 2)

[ tawr-pid ]

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

Origin of torpid

First recorded in 1830–40; special use of torpid1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use torpid in a sentence

  • Professor Smawl ate heavily and retired to her tent to lie torpid until evening.

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  • His torpid head fell back on the chair, and his outstretched hands hung lifeless, yellow, and rigid on his knees.

British Dictionary definitions for torpid


/ (ˈtɔːpɪd) /

  1. apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic

  2. (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity

  1. unable to move or feel

Origin of torpid

C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless

Derived forms of torpid

  • torpidity, noun
  • torpidly, adverb

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