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torpid - Dictionary definition and meaning for word torpid

(adj) slow and apathetic
Synonyms : inert , sluggish , soggy
Example Sentence
  • she was fat and inert
  • a sluggish worker
  • a mind grown torpid in old age

(adj) in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
Synonyms : dormant , hibernating
Example Sentence
  • dormant buds
  • a hibernating bear
  • torpid frogs

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for torpid

tor-pid like a tor-toise, we all know they-are-slow...
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by Yank

The opposite of a TORPEDO. Also, get the negative connotation by its visual and aural similarity to "stupid."
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by tivoli25

TORPID -> STUPID people are slow and apathetic.
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by dshefman

Personify a tornado, and think pid is similar to ped, or pedestrian. Though tornadoes spin at destructive speeds, they trans-locate (ped) at a slow, lethargic pace by comparison. Think: pedestrian tornado.
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by Rodeokinney

tortoise peed slowly,inactively
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