- The definition of rigid is a person or thing that is stiff, doesn't bend or doesn't move.
- An example of rigid is a thick metal pole.
- An example of rigid is someone who will only take showers at night.
This pole is rigid.
- not bending or flexible; stiff and hard: a rigid metal girder
- not moving; set
- severe; strict; exacting: a rigid taskmaster
- not deviating; rigorous: rigid regulations
- precise; exact: rigid specifications
- Aeron. having a rigid framework that encloses containers for the gas: said of an airship
Origin of rigidClassical Latin rigidus ; from rigere, to be stiff, numb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)rig-, cold from source frigid
- Not flexible or pliant; stiff: a rigid material. See Synonyms at stiff.
- Not moving or flexing: rigid muscles.
- Not changing or adjusting to different conditions or problems: a rigid thinker; a rigid hierarchy.
- Scrupulously or severely maintained or performed; rigorous or harsh: rigid discipline.
- Being an airship with a external frame made of rigid parts.
Origin of rigidMiddle English rigide, from Latin rigidus, from rigēre, to be stiff; see reig- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more rigid, superlative most rigid)