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[pyoo-trid] /ˈpyu trɪd/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin putridus rotten, equivalent to putr(ēre) to rot + -idus -id4
Related forms
putridity, putridness, noun
putridly, adverb
unputrid, adjective
unputridly, adverb
unputridness, noun
unputridity, noun
3. fetid. 4. immoral. Unabridged
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  • The Indians place, on the edge of the pit, the putrid body of a mule, so balanced that it will easily fall over.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Eagerly I seized the putrid meat in my mouth, offering a piece to my companions.

    Tales of the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • Burl leaped and laughed aloud as a particularly large lump of putrid fungus narrowly missed the black-and-silver shape below.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • Cowardice is catching and will run through an army like the putrid fever.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Memory of the ham and the putrid fish I had seen this eighteen-months-old child devour not an hour ago came to my mind.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • It seemed to me like putrid animal matter, and peculiarly strong.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for putrid


(of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smell: putrid meat
morally corrupt or worthless
sickening; foul: a putrid smell
(informal) deficient in quality or value: a putrid film
Derived Forms
putridity, putridness, noun
putridly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin putridus rotten, from putrēre to be rotten
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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putrid in Medicine

putrid pu·trid (pyōō'trĭd)

  1. Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.

  2. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.

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