1. very cold in temperature: a frigid climate.
  2. without warmth of feeling; without ardor or enthusiasm: a frigid reaction to the suggested law.
  3. stiff or formal: a welcome that was polite but frigid.
  4. (of a woman)
    1. inhibited in the ability to experience sexual excitement during sexual activity.
    2. unresponsive to sexual advances or stimuli.
  5. unemotional or unimaginative; lacking passion, sympathy, or sensitivity: a correct, but frigid presentation.


  1. formal or stiff in behaviour or temperament; lacking in affection or warmth
  2. (esp of a woman)
    1. lacking sexual responsiveness
    2. averse to sexual intercourse or unable to achieve orgasm during intercourse
  3. 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.).


  1. Extremely cold.
  2. Persistently averse to sexual intercourse.

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