- inactive or sluggish.
- slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
- dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
Origin of torpid1
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- an eight-oared, clinker-built boat used for races at Oxford University during the Lenten term.
Origin of torpid2
Related Words for torpidapathetic, 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
I was not deceived then, it was a torpid man that I had under my eyes, and not a dead one!The Man With The Broken Ear
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.Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
L. L. Langstroth
- apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
- (of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
- unable to move or feel
Word Origin for torpid
Word Origin and History for torpid
1610s, from Latin torpidus "benumbed," from torpere "be numb or stiff" (see torpor).
- Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
- Lethargic; apathetic.