- very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.
- without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm: a frigid reaction to the suggested law.
- stiff or formal: a welcome that was polite but frigid.
- (of a woman)
- inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.
- unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.
- unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity: a correct, but frigid presentation.
- formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
- (esp of a woman)
- lacking sexual responsiveness
- averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
- characterized by physical coldnessa frigid zone
1620s, from Latin frigidus “cold, chill, cool,” figuratively “indifferent,” from stem of frigere “be cold;” related to frigus “cold, coldness, frost,” from PIE root *srig- “cold.”
The meaning “wanting in sexual heat” is attested from 1650s. Frigidaire as the proprietary name of a brand of self-contained automatically operated iceless refrigerator dates from 1919 (Frigidaire Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.).
- Extremely cold.
- Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.