frigid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj frigid extremely cold "an arctic climate","a frigid day","gelid waters of the North Atlantic","glacial winds","icy hands","polar weather"
    • adj frigid devoid of warmth and cordiality; expressive of unfriendliness or disdain "a frigid greeting","got a frosty reception","a frozen look on their faces","a glacial handshake","icy stare","wintry smile"
    • adj frigid sexually unresponsive "was cold to his advances","a frigid woman"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frigid Cold; wanting heat or warmth; of low temperature; as, a frigid climate.
    • Frigid Wanting natural heat or vigor sufficient to excite the generative power; impotent.
    • Frigid Wanting warmth, fervor, ardor, fire, vivacity, etc.; unfeeling; forbidding in manner; dull and unanimated; stiff and formal; as, a frigid constitution; a frigid style; a frigid look or manner; frigid obedience or service.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frigid Cold in temperature; wanting heat or warmth; icy; wintry: as, the frigid zone.
    • frigid Cold in temperament or feeling; wanting warmth of affection or of zeal; chilly in manner; impassive.
    • frigid Marked by or manifesting mental coldness; coldly formal or precise; lifeless; torpid; chilling; as, frigid devotions or services; frigid politeness or manners.
    • frigid Wanting generative heat or vigor; impotent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Frigid frij′id frozen or stiffened with cold: cold: without spirit or feeling: unanimated
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Quotations

  • Bonstettin
    Bonstettin
    “To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.”
  • Fanny Brice
    Fanny Brice
    “Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show.”
  • Julie Burchill
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    “Show me a frigid women and, nine times out of ten, I'll show you a little man.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. frigidus, fr. frigere, to be cold; prob. akin to Gr. to shudder, or perh. to cold. Cf. Frill
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. frigidusfrigēre, to be cold—frigus, cold.

Usage

In literature:

Every one silently remarked her absence of mind and unusual frigidity.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
Which he did, with a rather frigid and offended reply.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Is it the offspring of the frigid severity of age?
"Advice to Young Men" by William Cobbett
It's worse than Greenland, this frigid-zone!
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
He had smothered his love under his frigid Castilian demeanor.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
His own poems are frigid.
"Modern Spanish Lyrics" by Various
Your brain may be barren and your feelings frigid, but here are thoughts already made and shaped.
"The Young Priest's Keepsake" by Michael Phelan
The frigid monotony of winter has settled down upon that region, and now it is haunted only by sea fowl.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 421, January 26, 1884" by Various
But you were always so aloof, so frigid.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
On a memorable morning of early December, London opened its eyes on a frigid grey mist.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Of the proverbial frigidity of the Edinburgh public I had been forewarned, and of its probably disheartening effect upon myself.
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
Therefore, though the Eclectics went on painting the old subjects, they painted all alike with frigid superficiality.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
In the stern seats, however, the original frigid silence had been thawed by Patsy Doyle's bright chatter.
"Aunt Jane's Nieces in the Red Cross" by Edith Van Dyne
On various other occasions I have had experiences that might be called frigid.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
The compilation is frigid and unequal.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Downstairs is a rather frigid little church, where an embroidered cloth is shown, presented by Queen Margherita.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
It is, indeed, carried to the verge of baldness; frigidity, used by Pattison, is too strong a word.
"Life of John Milton" by Richard Garnett
It had not occurred to him to become incensed at this frigid zone attitude on the part of his associates.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
But do we deny that there is an interchange between the frigid and torrid zones?
"Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms" by T. Bassnett
They feel their urgent need of its warmth in their stiffening, frigid lives.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
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In poetry:

But if he stood and watched the frigid wind
Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed
Telling himself that this was home, and grinned,
And shivered, without shaking off the dread
"Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin
Thou frigid tyrant, dark and stern November!
We shrink before thee, and shall long remember
Thy levin fires, untimely thunder volleys,
That in dread tones rebuked our crimes and follies.
"November Findings--1862" by Janet Hamilton
Thy cloudy days and sultry nights,
And ripen'd fruits and pleasant sights,
Tell, in language plain,
That thou, whose frigid looks are seen
In blighted trees, with yellow, green,
Hath call'd on us again.
"Autumn" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I hurry. Snowdrifts. Frigid boughs
Of dead trees poke deep into the sky,
There are no tracks or sounds. It's still.
The realm of death in an enchanted world.
And here's my home. But what decay!
I'm shocked by this heartbreaking sight.
"Never" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet
These boys of light are curdlers in their folly,
Sour the boiling honey;
The jacks of frost they finger in the hives;
There in the sun the frigid threads
Of doubt and dark they feed their nerves;
The signal moon is zero in their voids.
"I See The Boys Of Summer" by Dylan Thomas
The mountain, rolled in purple, fold on fold,
Delicate, dim, aware,
After the sunset, when the twilight air
Is hush, expectant :-- And below, between
The road-way and the mountain, the thin screen,
Frigid and straight, of trees of darkening green:
"Luna Dies Et Nox Et Noctis Signa Severa " by Thomas MacDonagh

In news:

It lay lost in those frigid depths until underwater archaeologists located it in 2008.
No doubt a frigid winter is in store.
It is hard to believe that just a few months ago we were dealing with a weekly shot of snow and frigid temps.
North Dakota winters can produce some frigid weather, so heating devices of all sorts — furnaces, space heaters and fire places — work overtime.
Raised in the frigid temperatures of Minnesota, Heather Sahr is happy to be in Texoma and actually enjoys spending time out in the heat.
Natural gas prices soared to a record yesterday, and heating oil also surged on forecasts for frigid weather at a time of low inventories.
Natural gas and heating oil prices, which surged on Monday on forecasts for frigid weather, retreated yesterday on the New York Mercantile Exchange as some traders bet that temperatures would not drop far enough to extend the rally.
The frigid temperature Friday night did not stop beer experts from enjoying a cold brew in downtown Billings, as well as learning a few tricks of the trade.
Dubbed P5 for now, it is the smallest moon yet detected orbiting the frigid dwarf planet.
Kayaker rescued from Wabash River near Mount Carmel, Ill. Man was rescued from the frigid Wabash River this morning after his kayak overturned.
They move ice from the middle of the frigid island to the sea, where they eventually give birth to enormous icebergs like this one.
A Frigid Launch for iPhone 5 in Beijing.
On a frigid November day, the 25-year-old officer bought new boots for the barefoot man.
Heated up by a new putter named after a city in Alaska, Hunter Mahan 's game was anything but frigid en route to winning the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
When Justin Schultz signed with the Oilers on July 1, he hoped he'd be in the frigid, hockey-crazed city of Edmonton by now.
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