from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Sluggish, lethargic, or inactive.
  • adjective Showing little interest; apathetic.
  • adjective Conducive to sluggishness or inactivity, especially in being warm and humid.
  • adjective Dormant; hibernating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Benumbed; insensible; inactive.
  • Specifically, dormant, as an animal in hibernation or estivation, when it passes its time in sleep: as, a torpid snake.
  • Figuratively, dull; sluggish; apathetic.
  • Pertaining to the torpids, or Lent boat-races at Oxford. See II.
  • noun A second-class racing-boat at Oxford, corresponding to the slogger of Cambridge; also, one of the crew of such a boat.
  • noun plural The Lent boat-races at Oxford.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An inferior racing boat, or one who rows in such a boat.
  • noun The Lenten rowing races.
  • adjective Having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
  • adjective Dull; stupid; sluggish; inactive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective unmoving, dormant or hibernating
  • adjective lazy, lethargic or apathetic

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  • adjective slow and apathetic


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin torpidus, numbed, paralyzed, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]



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