- in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.
- of, relating to, or attended by putrefaction.
- having the odor of decaying flesh.
- thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.
- of very low quality; rotten.
Origin of putrid
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Examples from the Web for putrid
They have putrid California grapes for eyes, puffed-out cheeks of spoiled plums, sweltered eggplant lips.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
“The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance,” noted the official report form.U.S. Wants Freedom from ‘Filthy’ French Cheese
Alice Guilhamon, Christopher Dickey
July 20, 2013
In the latest CBS/NYT poll, the GOP had a putrid 31 percent approval rating, its lowest ever recorded.Socialist Shocker!
April 11, 2009
The instant she'd opened him up, she detected the putrid, pungent smell of booze as it breaks down in the body.Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward
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February 23, 2009
Cowardice is catching and will run through an army like the putrid fever.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
The odor of such a bird is disagreeable and may even be putrid.
It had a rustic crank of bamboo; its water was slimy and putrid.An Eagle Flight
If hard set, putrid, or stale, an egg often bursts when touched.Practical Taxidermy
The first can be remedied or improved in cooking; but a putrid article cannot.The Proverbs of Scotland
- (of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smellputrid meat
- morally corrupt or worthless
- sickening; foula putrid smell
- informal deficient in quality or valuea putrid film
Word Origin and History for putrid
early 15c., from Latin putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "rotten, crumbling," related to putere "to stink," from PIE root *pu- "to rot, stink" (see pus). First in reference to putrid fever, an old name for typhus (also known in Middle English as putrida). Related: Putrification.
- Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.
- Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.