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  1. inactive or sluggish.
  2. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
  3. dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
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Origin of torpid

1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4
Related formstor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, nountor·pid·ly, adverb
Can be confusedtorpid turbid turgid

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2. indolent. 3. See inactive.

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

First recorded in 1830–40; special use of torpid1
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Related Words for torpid

apathetic, comatose, dopey, dormant, drowsy, dull, heavy, idle, inactive, indifferent, indolent, inert, lackadaisical, languid, latent, leaden, lethargic, listless, motionless, numb

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Historical Examples of torpid

  • When in action he was superb and safe to follow; only when torpid he was dangerous.

    The Education of Henry Adams

    Henry Adams

  • I was not deceived then, it was a torpid man that I had under my eyes, and not a dead one!

  • I was a cipher in this august company, and felt subdued, not to say torpid.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • His mind, too, was in a torpid state, but might gradually awaken.

    Fairy Fingers

    Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

  • Bees are not, as some suppose, in a dormant, or torpid condition in Winter.

British Dictionary definitions for torpid


  1. apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
  2. (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
  3. unable to move or feel
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Derived Formstorpidity, nountorpidly, adverb

Word Origin for torpid

C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Word Origin and History for torpid


1610s, from Latin torpidus "benumbed," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (see torpor).

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torpid in Medicine


  1. Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
  2. Lethargic; apathetic.
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Related formstor•pidi•ty n.
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