[ tawr-pid ]
/ ˈtɔr pɪd /


inactive or sluggish.
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.
dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.

Origin of torpid

1605–15; < Latin torpidus numb, equivalent to torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -idus -id4

Related forms

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

Can be confused

torpid turbid turgid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for torpidly

  • His mind worked slowly and torpidly, so that even grief came with an effort.

    A Poor Wise Man|Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Torpidly I draw my breath through day and night, nor care if the rain falls or the sun shines.

    Rodman the Keeper|Constance Fenimore Woolson

British Dictionary definitions for torpidly


/ (ˈtɔːpɪd) /


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

Derived Forms

torpidity, nountorpidly, adverb

Word Origin for torpid

C17: from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be numb, motionless
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Medicine definitions for torpidly


[ tôrpĭd ]


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

Related forms

tor•pidi•ty n.
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