decrepit

adjective de·crep·it \ di-ˈkre-pət \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of decrepit

1 : wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age
  • a decrepit old man
2 a : impaired by use or wear : worn-out
  • a decrepit school bus
b : fallen into ruin or disrepair
  • a decrepit industry
3 : dilapidated, run-down
  • an old, decrepit hotel

decrepitly

adverb

Examples of decrepit in a Sentence

  1. My decrepit car barely starts.

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Origin and Etymology of decrepit

Middle English, from Latin decrepitus

Synonym Discussion of decrepit

weak, feeble, frail, fragile, infirm, decrepit mean not strong enough to endure strain, pressure, or strenuous effort. weak applies to deficiency or inferiority in strength or power of any sort.
    • felt weak after the surgery
feeble suggests extreme weakness inviting pity or contempt.
    • a feeble attempt to walk
frail implies delicacy and slightness of constitution or structure.
    • a frail teenager unable to enjoy sports
fragile suggests frailty and brittleness unable to resist rough usage.
    • a reclusive poet too fragile for the rigors of this world
infirm suggests instability, unsoundness, and insecurity due to old age or crippling illness.
    • infirm residents requiring constant care
decrepit implies being worn-out or broken-down from long use or old age.
    • the dowager's decrepit retainers

DECREPIT Defined for English Language Learners

decrepit

adjective

Definition of decrepit for English Language Learners

  • : old and in bad condition or poor health


DECREPIT Defined for Kids

decrepit

adjective de·crep·it \ di-ˈkre-pət \

Definition of decrepit for Students

: broken down with age : worn-out
  • a decrepit old house

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