Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: rigidus, from rigere 'to be stiff'


1 rigid methods, systems etc are very strict and difficult to change [≠ flexible]:
rigid and authoritarian methods of education
2 someone who behaves in a rigid way is very unwilling to change their ideas or behaviour [≠ flexible]:
rigid adherence to old-fashioned ideas
She maintained rigid control over her emotional and sexual life.
3 stiff and not moving or bending [≠ flexible]:
rigid plastic
4 used to describe someone who cannot move, especially because they are very frightened, shocked, or angry
rigid with
I heard a noise and woke up rigid with terror.
rigidly adverb:
rigidly opposed to all new ideas
rigidity noun [uncountable]
hard and not bending: solid, firm, stiff, rigid

meat that is too hard: tough

skin that is old and hard: leathery, calloused

hard and easily broken: brittle

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