Definition of


  1. (adj, all) extremely cold
    a frigid day
    gelid waters of the North Atlantic
    glacial winds
    icy hands
    polar weather
  2. (adj, all) devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
    got a frosty reception
    a frozen look on their faces
    a glacial handshake
    icy stare
    wintry smile
  3. (adj, all) sexually unresponsive
    a frigid woman

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Synonyms of Frigid

arctic, cold, frosty, frozen, gelid, glacial, icy, polar, wintry

Alternate forms of Frigid

Derivations: frigidity, frigidness

Origin of the word Frigid

  1. c.1420 (implied in frigidity), from L. frigidus "cold, chill, cool," from stem of frigere "be cold;" related to frigus "cold, coldness, frost." The meaning "wanting in sexual heat" is attested from 1660. Frigidaire as the proprietary name of a brand of refrigerators dates from 1926. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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