[ 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

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

de·crep·it·ly, adverbde·crep·it·ness, nounun·de·crep·it, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


/ (dɪˈkrɛpɪt) /


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

Derived Forms

decrepitly, adverbdecrepitude, noun

Word Origin for decrepit

C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak
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