from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely cold. See Synonyms at cold.
  • adj. Lacking warmth of feeling.
  • adj. Stiff and formal in manner: a frigid refusal to a request.
  • adj. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very cold; lacking warmth; icy.
  • adj. Chilly in manner; lacking affection or zeal; impassive.
  • adj. Sexually unresponsive, especially of a woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cold; wanting heat or warmth; of low temperature.
  • adj. Wanting warmth, fervor, ardor, fire, vivacity, etc.; unfeeling; forbidding in manner; dull and unanimated; stiff and formal
  • adj. Wanting natural heat or vigor sufficient to excite the generative power; impotent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cold in temperature; wanting heat or warmth; icy; wintry: as, the frigid zone.
  • Cold in temperament or feeling; wanting warmth of affection or of zeal; chilly in manner; impassive.
  • Marked by or manifesting mental coldness; coldly formal or precise; lifeless; torpid; chilling; as, frigid devotions or services; frigid politeness or manners.
  • Wanting generative heat or vigor; impotent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sexually unresponsive
  • adj. devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain
  • adj. extremely cold


Latin frīgidus, cold, from frīgus, the cold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin frīgidus ("cold"), from frīgeō ("I am cold"), from frigus ("cold, coldness"), from Proto-Indo-European *sriges-, *sriHges-. (Wiktionary)



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