adjective pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\

: decayed with usually a very bad or disgusting smell

: very ugly, bad, or unpleasant

Full Definition of PUTRID

a :  being in a state of putrefaction :  rotten
b :  of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction :  foul <a putrid odor>
a :  morally corrupt
b :  totally objectionable
pu·trid·i·ty \pyü-ˈtri-də-tē\ noun
pu·trid·ly \ˈpyü-trəd-lē\ adverb

Examples of PUTRID

  1. a putrid shade of green
  2. <the putrid remains of a dead raccoon on the side of the highway>

Origin of PUTRID

Latin putridus, from putrēre to be rotten, from puter, putris rotten; akin to Latin putēre to stink — more at foul
First Known Use: 15th century

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adjective pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PUTRID

:  being in a state of putrefaction
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction <a putrid odor>


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