- The definition of torpid is having lost motion, slow or unenergetic.
- An example of a torpid animal is a snail.
- An example of a torpid mouse is a hibernating mouse.
- having lost temporarily all or part of the power of sensation or motion, as a hibernating animal; dormant
- sluggish in functioning
- slow and dull; apathetic
Origin of torpidClassical Latin torpidus ; from torpere, to be numb or torpid ; from Indo-European an unverified form (s)terp- ; from base an unverified form (s)ter-, to be stiff from source stare, starve
- a. Sluggish, lethargic, or inactive: “It is a man's own fault, it is from want of use, if his mind grows torpid in old age” (Samuel Johnson).b. Showing little interest; apathetic: a torpid audience.
- Conducive to sluggishness or inactivity, especially in being warm and humid: a torpid summer evening.
- Dormant; hibernating.
Origin of torpidLatin torpidus, numbed, paralyzed, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more torpid, superlative most torpid)
From Latin torpidus (“tired, numb”)