[ dih-krep-it ]
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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

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.

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Other words from decrepit

  • de·crep·it·ly, adverb
  • de·crep·it·ness, noun
  • un·de·crep·it, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


/ (dɪˈkrɛpɪt) /

  1. enfeebled by old age; infirm

  2. broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated

Origin of decrepit

C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak

Derived forms of decrepit

  • decrepitly, adverb
  • decrepitude, noun

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