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ˈrɪdʒ ɪdrigid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rigid, stiffadjective

    incapable of or resistant to bending

    "a rigid strip of metal"; "a table made of rigid plastic"; "a palace guardsman stiff as a poker"; "stiff hair"; "a stiff neck"

  2. rigid, strictadjective

    incapable of compromise or flexibility

  3. inflexible, rigid, unbendingadjective

    incapable of adapting or changing to meet circumstances

    "a rigid disciplinarian"; "an inflexible law"; "an unbending will to dominate"

  4. rigidadjective

    designating an airship or dirigible having a form maintained by a stiff unyielding frame or structure

  5. fixed, set, rigidadjective

    fixed and unmoving

    "with eyes set in a fixed glassy stare"; "his bearded face already has a set hollow look"- Connor Cruise O'Brien; "a face rigid with pain"


  1. rigidadjective

    Stiff, rather than flexible.

  2. rigidadjective

    Fixed, rather than moving.

  3. rigidadjective

    Rigorous and unbending.

  4. rigidadjective


  5. Etymology: From rigidus, from rigere, probably originally "to be straight"; compare rectus, from regere; see regent and right. Compare rigor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RIGIDadjective

    Etymology: rigide, Fr. rigidus, Latin.

    A body, that is hollow, may be demonstrated to be more rigid and inflexible, than a solid one of the same substance and weight. John Ray, on the Creation.

    His severe judgment giving law,
    His modest fancy kept in awe;
    As rigid husbands jealous are,
    When they believe their wives too fair. John Denham.

    Queen of this universe! do not believe
    Those rigid threats of death; ye shall not die. John Milton.

    Cressy plains
    And Agincourt, deep ting’d with blood, confess
    What the Silures vigour unwithstood
    Could do in rigid fight. Philips.


  1. rigid

    Rigid refers to something that is not flexible or pliable, unable to be bent or changed. It can also refer to a person, system, or guidelines that are inflexible or strict, adhering firmly to rules or practices.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rigidadjective

    firm; stiff; unyielding; not pliant; not flexible

  2. Rigidadjective

    hence, not lax or indulgent; severe; inflexible; strict; as, a rigid father or master; rigid discipline; rigid criticism; a rigid sentence

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rigid

    rij′id, adj. not easily bent: stiff: severe: strict: unyielding: harsh: without delicacy: wanting in ease.—n. Rigid′ity, the quality of resisting change of form: stiffness of manner.—adv. Rig′idly.—n. Rig′idness.—adj. Rigid′ūlous, rather stiff. [L. rigidusrigēre, to be stiff with cold.]


  1. Rigid

    inflexible: holding a direct course.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'rigid' in Adjectives Frequency: #778

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigid in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rigid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rigid in a Sentence

  1. e:

    Be tough and resilient about your goals, targets, dreams, visions and aspirations. For, you've got to be tough and resilient as far as all of the above is concerned. But, take Note: don't be cynical and rigid. Most especially, with regard to your beliefs and outlook (your attitude to life). ~Emeasoba George.

  2. Martha McKittrick:

    One guy I counseled lost 80 pounds. ... He's been on a fairly rigid plan -- mostly fruit, protein and vegetables -- but this is what he wanted. Now he's excited about taking one day a week to have three pieces of pizza or whatever he desires... and he's excited about it and looking forward to it.

  3. Steve Vladeck:

    One of two things is true: Either this kind of blind, rigid, context-free, and common-sense-defying assessment of history is exactly what the Supreme Court intended in its landmark ruling last June in Bruen, or it isn’t.

  4. Lawana Blackwell:

    Propriety was a rigid master, but one that must be obeyed if one wanted to keep a sterling reputation.

  5. Matthew Prince:

    Davos is very structured. It's rigid in its form and designed not to embarrass or offend anyone, ever, there's almost nothing more embarrassing than standing up with a microphone, trying to sing. And it turns out the skill to be the CEO or crown prince doesn't translate so well to lounge singer.

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