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
Could our torpidity go further than our requiring Frenchmen to makes tiles, to grind knives, to carry water and to knead bread?A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4 | Henry Charles Lea
Mr Smith's hypothesis, that they are "probably hybernating for the winter," will not account for their torpidity in June and July.The Romance of Natural History, Second Series | Philip Henry Gosse
We may safely dismiss the notion of submersion till better authenticated; but that of torpidity is still open to examination.The Romance of Natural History, Second Series | Philip Henry Gosse
And then he went on in a dilatation on the dumbness of Nature during the seasons suspension and torpidity.Keats | Sidney Colvin
In winter they retreat to caves, remaining in a state of semi-torpidity, issuing forth in March and April.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon | Robert A. Sterndale
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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