pu·​trid | \ ˈpyü-trəd How to pronounce putrid (audio) \

Definition of putrid

1a : being in a state of putrefaction : rotten
b : of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction : foul a putrid odor
2a : morally corrupt
b : totally objectionable

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putridity \ pyü-​ˈtri-​də-​tē How to pronounce putrid (audio) \ noun
putridly \ ˈpyü-​trəd-​lē How to pronounce putrid (audio) \ adverb

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malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. prisoners were held in stinking cells the fetid odor of skunk cabbage noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive. a stagnant, noisome sewer putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter. the putrid smell of rotting fish rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell. rank cigar smoke fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age. a fusty attic the musty odor of a damp cellar

Examples of putrid in a Sentence

a putrid shade of green the putrid remains of a dead raccoon on the side of the highway
Recent Examples on the Web Reports of the putrid smell have been flooding in from residents across the South Bay for weeks. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach shoreline closed again after being blasted for weeks by Tijuana sewage," 16 Apr. 2021 Against both Richmond and Kansas, Kentucky excelled defensively only to be undone by putrid offensive showings. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "After back-to-back losses, Kentucky basketball searching for fix to stagnant offense," 2 Dec. 2020 Indy fills what seems like its perennial hole under center, while Philly picks up two draft picks, per reports, to accelerate a rebuild in the aftermath of a four-win season and last-place finish in what was a putrid NFC East in 2020. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers of Carson Wentz trade between Eagles and Colts," 18 Feb. 2021 The unit made sizable strides from a putrid 2017 season riddled by injuries, inexperience and a flurry of inconsistent starting lineups to become one of the most experienced lines in the Big 12 last season. Dallas News, "Texas key offseason issues: Can the offensive line protect its quarterbacks?," 4 Mar. 2021 Though its lyrics don’t explicitly decry a lynching, each line evokes its putrid essence. Los Angeles Times, "What really happened when the FBI persecuted Billie Holiday," 27 Feb. 2021 Texas has put together some putrid shooting performances during Shaka Smart’s six seasons on the job. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "No. 6 Texas continues freefall with double-overtime loss to Oklahoma State," 6 Feb. 2021 After finishing with the league’s second-worst offensive rating during preseason — a putrid 91 points per 100 possessions — the Pistons had nowhere to go but up. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons look good, then collapse vs. Minnesota Timberwolves in opener, 111-101," 24 Dec. 2020 But Duke is slowly slip-sliding back to the historical norm during this putrid 2-8 season, which has one more game left at Florida State. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: LSU's national championship starting to feel like a distant memory as embarrassing losses mount," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of putrid

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for putrid

Latin putridus, from putrēre to be rotten, from puter, putris rotten; akin to Latin putēre to stink — more at foul entry 1

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“Putrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrid. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of putrid

: decayed with usually a very bad or disgusting smell
informal : very ugly, bad, or unpleasant


pu·​trid | \ ˈpyü-trəd How to pronounce putrid (audio) \

Kids Definition of putrid

1 : rotten sense 1 putrid meat
2 : coming from or suggesting something rotten a putrid smell


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Medical Definition of putrid

1 : being in a state of putrefaction
2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction a putrid odor

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