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

Nearby words

  1. decreet,
  2. decrement,
  3. decremental,
  4. decremeter,
  5. decreolize,
  6. decrepitate,
  7. decrepitude,
  8. decresc.,
  9. decrescendo,
  10. decrescent

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decrepit



enfeebled by old age; infirm
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."

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