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  1. in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.

  2. of, relating to, or attended by putrefaction.

  1. having the odor of decaying flesh.

  2. thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.

  3. of very low quality; rotten.

Origin of putrid

1375–1425; late Middle English <Latin putridus rotten, equivalent to putr(ēre) to rot + -idus-id4

Other words for putrid

Other words from putrid

  • pu·trid·i·ty, pu·trid·ness, noun
  • pu·trid·ly, adverb
  • un·pu·trid, adjective
  • un·pu·trid·ly, adverb
  • un·pu·trid·ness, noun
  • un·pu·trid·i·ty, noun

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How to use putrid in a sentence

  • The instant she'd opened him up, she detected the putrid, pungent smell of booze as it breaks down in the body.

    Dr. Scarpetta Heads to Psych Ward | Daily Beast Promotions | February 23, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • On crossing it for the first time, I perceived lying about me half putrid cats and dogs—and even a mule in the same state.

  • The putrid flesh came away with the garments, but the drunkards never heeded.

    The Chequers | James Runciman
  • Again, we will pass through stinking sewers, up to our elbows in putrid filth.

    Black Diamonds | Mr Jkai
  • The most delicate birds, even grouse, may be kept this way, if not putrid.

    A Poetical Cook-Book | Maria J. Moss
  • Their bodies, when putrid, floated down the stream, and many in all probability were deposited in the estuary of the Plata.

    The Rain Cloud | Anonymous

British Dictionary definitions for putrid


/ (ˈpjuːtrɪd) /

  1. (of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smell: putrid meat

  2. morally corrupt or worthless

  1. sickening; foul: a putrid smell

  2. informal deficient in quality or value: a putrid film

Origin of putrid

C16: from Latin putridus rotten, from putrēre to be rotten

Derived forms of putrid

  • putridity or putridness, noun
  • putridly, adverb

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