V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. inactive, slow, and sleepy; 2. dormant

Synonyms: inactive, dormant, drowsy, lethargic, listless, numb, slow, sluggish

Antonyms: active, awake, lively, alert

Tips: Torpid is derived from the Latin torpere, which means "numb." Think "numb, sleepy, and inactive." The related noun torpor means "a state of inactivity and sleepiness." For a memory trick, note how torpid looks like "torpedo." Now, consider the fact that a torpedo remains torpid (inactive, dormant) its whole life until it is launched, and then, it is the opposite of torpid!

Usage Examples:

The mountain air made her feel torpid and light-headed. (drowsy, slow, lethargic)

Bears become torpid in order to hibernate all winter. (drowsy, inactive, dormant)

After he ate the Thanksgiving feast, John slipped into a torpor, and no one could rouse him. (state of inactivity and sleepiness) noun

That volcano has been torpid for many centuries, but scientists think that it may erupt again in the future. (inactive, dormant)

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