[ tawr-id, tor- ]
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  1. subject to parching or burning heat, especially of the sun, as a geographical area: the torrid sands of the Sahara.

  2. oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.

  1. 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

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Other words from torrid

  • tor·rid·i·ty, tor·rid·ness, noun
  • tor·rid·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·tor·rid, adjective
  • hy·per·tor·rid·ly, adverb
  • hy·per·tor·rid·ness, noun
  • un·tor·rid, adjective
  • un·tor·rid·ly, adverb
  • un·tor·rid·ness, noun
  • un·tor·rid·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for torrid


/ (ˈtɒrɪd) /

  1. so hot and dry as to parch or scorch

  2. arid or parched

  1. highly charged emotionally: a torrid love scene

Origin of torrid

C16: from Latin torridus, from torrēre to scorch

Derived forms of torrid

  • torridity or torridness, noun
  • torridly, adverb

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Scientific definitions for torrid


[ tôrĭd ]

  1. Parched with the heat of the sun.

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