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[dih-krep-it] /dɪˈkrɛp ɪt/
weakened by old age; feeble; infirm:
a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
worn out by long use; dilapidated:
a decrepit stove.
Origin of decrepit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dēcrepitus, literally, broken down, equivalent to dē- de- + crep(āre) to crack + -i- -i- + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitness, noun
undecrepit, adjective
1. enfeebled. See weak.
1. vigorous. Unabridged
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  • Duchemin looked aside at the decrepit conveyance with its unhappy horses, and summed up a conclusion in a shrug.

    Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance
  • No matter how high may be their station, the aged and decrepit are counted a burden.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The decrepit shops, half boarded up, many of them resembling a face with a bandage over one eye, are doing a lively business.

  • The firelight was casting its last shadows on the decrepit walls.

    The Dean's Watch Erckmann-Chatrian
  • A Man of Eighty—a new and pleasant ballad about how things go when a decrepit old man takes a young wife!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


enfeebled by old age; infirm
broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
Derived Forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitude, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak
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Word Origin and History for decrepit

mid-15c., from Middle French décrépit (15c.), from Latin decrepitus "very old, infirm," from de- "down" (see de-) + *crepitus, past participle of crepare "to crack, break."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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