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decrepit

[ dih-krep-it ]
/ dɪˈkrɛp ɪt /
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adjective

weakened by old age; feeble; infirm: a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
worn out by long use; dilapidated: a decrepit stove.

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Origin of decrepit

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin dēcrepitus, literally, “broken down,” equivalent to dē-de- + crep(āre) “to crack” + -i--i- + -tus past participle suffix

synonym study for decrepit

1. See weak.

OTHER WORDS FROM decrepit

de·crep·it·ly, adverbde·crep·it·ness, nounun·de·crep·it, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for decrepit

decrepit
/ (dɪˈkrɛpɪt) /

adjective

enfeebled by old age; infirm
broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated

Derived forms of decrepit

decrepitly, adverbdecrepitude, noun

Word Origin for decrepit

C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak
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