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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

Synonyms for torpid

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2. indolent. 3. See inactive.

Antonyms for torpid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for torpidly

Historical Examples of torpidly

  • 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

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

    A Poor Wise Man

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for torpidly


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

torpidly in Medicine


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