Adjective "torpid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic.
  1. 'He makes a hummingbird look positively torpid.'
  2. 'With its obvious punk references - London Calling is the name of a famous Clash song - the piece situates itself within the groundswell of populist resentment that is currently challenging the torpid inertia of the times.'
  3. 'That activity has sent a formerly torpid property market soaring, with office rents, according to one study, more than doubling from 1996 to mid-1999.'
  4. 'His now torpid brain couldn't remember his former master well, but he knew enough to recognize him as the cause of his current level of frustration and pain.'
  5. 'Joe's journey, configured as an immersion into the blues, the heart of jazz, manifests itself as a depression, solitary and torpid, a metaphorical cave within which he has interred himself.'
  6. 'It was an impressive performance, especially when its two largest components, Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland, both had a torpid year. The performance put the Irish market ahead of many of its peers.'
  7. 'Yet the field of Italian economic history is anything but torpid.'
  8. 'In under 30 minutes, we get a novel's worth of detail about her life: her beloved but torpid husband, her ability to compartmentalize infidelity, the long shadow her father casts.'
  9. 'Later on, the caffeine seems to wear off, and torpid ballads take over as the singer ventures repeatedly into a strained falsetto.'
  10. 'Sweeping lawsuits like the ones brought by Lowry have long been a favorite tool for shaking up torpid child welfare bureaucracies.'
  11. 'The Academy Awards ceremony this year was a largely boring and torpid affair, dominated by the deeply misguided self-satisfaction of nearly all involved.'
  12. 'They may survive the winter, when fewer insects are available, by becoming torpid.'
  13. 'Energy requirements when euthermic and torpid, as well as the frequency of arousals, vary strongly with ambient temperature.'
  14. 'Sheep were torpid, and even with binoculars, there wasn't a walker moving anywhere.'
  15. 'Nearing Chinnavaikal, we see two cows on the shore, one lying torpid in the sun, one nosing around desultorily.'
  16. 'The fire of course revives the torpid scorpion, which then menaces Margaret but is eventually subdued when they manage to throw it into a pot of boiling water.'
  17. 'One day I saw a striped snake run into the water and he lay on the bottom more than a quarter of an hour, perhaps because he had not yet fairly come out of the torpid state.'
  18. 'The occurrence of torpor varied with both season and sex: it was observed only in breeding season birds, and only female todies became torpid.'
  19. 'Only Tony shared the experience of finding a large and torpid shark in 17m in the lee of Portland Bill some 15 years ago, but without him to remind me, I might well have forgotten all about it.'
  20. 'Brain waves, absent when the animal is deeply torpid, return spontaneously.'

plural noun

(at Oxford University) a series of races for eight-oared rowing boats held in Hilary term.


    1. inactive or sluggish.

    2. slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic.

    3. dormant, as a hibernating or estivating animal.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "markets can be torpid with fixtures."

    "markets can be torpid with enquiries."

    "places can be torpid for weeks."

    "markets can be torpid throughout days."

    "markets can be torpid over mornings."

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    (torpid)Late Middle English: from Latin torpidus, from torpere ‘be numb or sluggish’.