[ pyoo-trid ]
/ ˈpyu trɪd /


in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.
of, relating to, or attended by putrefaction.
having the odor of decaying flesh.
thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.
of very low quality; rotten.

Nearby words

  1. putrefy,
  2. putrescence,
  3. putrescent,
  4. putrescible,
  5. putrescine,
  6. putridity,
  7. putridly,
  8. putrilage,
  9. putrilaginous,
  10. putsch

Origin of putrid

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

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British Dictionary definitions for putrid


/ (ˈpjuːtrɪd) /


(of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smellputrid meat
morally corrupt or worthless
sickening; foula putrid smell
informal deficient in quality or valuea putrid film
Derived Formsputridity or putridness, nounputridly, adverb

Word Origin for putrid

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

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Word Origin and History for putrid



early 15c., from Latin putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "rotten, crumbling," related to putere "to stink," from PIE root *pu- "to rot, stink" (see pus). First in reference to putrid fever, an old name for typhus (also known in Middle English as putrida). Related: Putrification.

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Medicine definitions for putrid


[ pyōōtrĭd ]


Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.
Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.

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