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  1. weakened by old age; feeble; infirm: a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
  2. 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 formsde·crep·it·ly, adverbde·crep·it·ness, nounun·de·crep·it, adjective

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1. enfeebled. See weak.

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Historical Examples of decrepit

  • But now the world is decrepit, and all good things are gone.

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • Men took upon their shoulders their aged and decrepit mothers.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • The decrepit figure in its quaint Acadian garb was one to be remembered.

    Earth's Enigmas

    Charles G. D. Roberts

  • No matter how decrepit the latter, he has been taught to be independent, self-supporting.

    Marriage and Love

    Emma Goldman

  • It obliged the owners to maintain their old and decrepit slaves.

British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


  1. enfeebled by old age; infirm
  2. broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
Derived Formsdecrepitly, adverbdecrepitude, noun

Word Origin for decrepit

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