Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
The word ‘frigid' is used in both a literal and figurative sense to refer to something intensely cold or frosty. Literally, it can be applied to a chilly temperature, such as the type you might find in your refrigerator. Figuratively, it can be used disapprovingly to describe somebody’s aloof personality or an atmosphere of general unfriendliness.
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I’m clearly not very popular with the boss. There’s always a frigid atmosphere when I walk into her office.
Due to the frigidity of the weather, I would suggest you wrap up very warm before you venture outside.
Jane interacts with people quite frigidly which often leads to them mistaking her aloofness for arrogance.