[tawr-id, tor-]


subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.
ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.

Origin of torrid

1580–90; < Latin torridus dried up, parched, equivalent to torr(ēre) to parch, burn (see torrent, thirst) + -idus -id4
Related formstor·rid·i·ty, tor·rid·ness, nountor·rid·ly, adverbhy·per·tor·rid, adjectivehy·per·tor·rid·ly, adverbhy·per·tor·rid·ness, nounun·tor·rid, adjectiveun·tor·rid·ly, adverbun·tor·rid·ness, nounun·tor·rid·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for torrid

Antonyms for torrid

1. arctic. 2. frigid. 3. cool. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for torrid

Contemporary Examples of torrid

Historical Examples of torrid

  • But in the height of summer the heat is torrid on the Roof of France.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Bitter indeed must be the wintry blast, torrid the rays of summer here.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Then it entered into a zone of torrid light which the sun threw on the waves.

  • We have valleys and we have mountains; we have torrid and we have temperate zones.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • It seemed as if the torrid days of late summer were harder to bear than July had been.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

British Dictionary definitions for torrid



so hot and dry as to parch or scorch
arid or parched
highly charged emotionallya torrid love scene
Derived Formstorridity or torridness, nountorridly, adverb

Word Origin for torrid

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for torrid

1580s, in torrid zone "region of the earth between the tropics," from Latin torrida zona, from fem. of torridus "dried with heat, scorching hot," from torrere "to parch," from PIE root *ters- "to dry" (see terrain). Sense of "very hot" is first attested 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

torrid in Science



Parched with the heat of the sun.
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