Definition of torpid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtôrpəd/


1Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic: we sat around in a torpid state
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  • We fade, lose heart, become torpid, languish, then the sap rises again, and we are passionate.
  • But watching this torpid, listless movie is like Scuba-diving in treacle.
  • A black sky stretched out above me and cold stars gazed down with torpid light that dulled and burned a stark yellow.
lethargic, sluggish, inert, inactive, slow, lifeless;
languid, listless, lazy, idle, indolent, slothful, supine, passive, apathetic, phlegmatic, somnolent, sleepy, weary, tired
1.1(Of an animal) dormant, especially during hibernation.
Example sentences
  • Imagine one of these torpid reptiles trying to hide its awkward shell from a school of minnows: The turtle crouches warily behind a tuft of vegetation.
  • Brain waves, absent when the animal is deeply torpid, return spontaneously.
  • Sheep were torpid, and even with binoculars, there wasn't a walker moving anywhere.



Pronunciation: /tôrˈpidədē/
Example sentences
  • Despite the enthusiastic overtures which the dawn of a new season brings, Clark admits he will quickly lose his appetite if matches descend into torpidity.
  • An all pervasive sense of intolerable torpidity hangs heavy in the air.
  • The torpidity of this sick animated humaness is a figuration of the total energic flow of this world-body in which life-and-death are its metabolic (anabolic and katabolic) currents.


Pronunciation: /ˈtôrpədlē/
Example sentences
  • His performance, torpidly solemn and self-conscious as a potential Oscar winner, has a fraction of the zip of his comic turns in Pirates of the Caribbean and Ed Wood.
  • While racing's authorities torpidly contemplate these implications, jockeys must earn their daily rice-cake.
  • A Cuban cigar rested between his right index and middle fingers, burning torpidly.


Late Middle English: from Latin torpidus, from torpere 'be numb or sluggish'.

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Syllabification: tor·pid

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