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1. Cold; wanting heat or warmth; of low temperature; as, a frigid climate.

2. 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.

3. Wanting natural heat or vigor sufficient to excite the generative power; impotent. Frigid zone, that part of the earth which lies between either polar circle and its pole. It extends 23 28 from the pole. See the note under arctic.

Origin: L. Frigidus, fr. Frigere to be cold; prob. Akin to gr. To shudder, or perh. To cold. Cf. Frill.