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torpid

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[ tawr-pid ]
/ ˈtɔr pɪd /
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adjective
inactive or sluggish.
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.
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Origin of torpid

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

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3. See inactive.

OTHER WORDS FROM torpid

tor·pid·i·ty, tor·pid·ness, nountor·pid·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH torpid

torpid , turbid, turgid

Other definitions for torpid (2 of 2)

torpid2
[ tawr-pid ]
/ ˈtɔr pɪd /

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

Origin of torpid

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First recorded in 1830–40; special use of torpid1
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British Dictionary definitions for torpid

torpid
/ (ˈtɔːpɪd) /

adjective
apathetic, sluggish, or lethargic
(of a hibernating animal) dormant; having greatly reduced metabolic activity
unable to move or feel

Derived forms of torpid

torpidity, nountorpidly, adverb

Word Origin for torpid

C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Medical definitions for torpid

torpid
[ tôrpĭd ]

adj.
Deprived of power of motion or feeling.
Lethargic; apathetic.

Other words from torpid

tor•pidi•ty n.
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