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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Other Words from putrid

putridity \ pyü-​ˈtri-​də-​tē How to pronounce putridity (audio) \ noun
putridly \ ˈpyü-​trəd-​lē How to pronounce putridly (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 The Patriots’ defense was dominant, but the Redskins’ offense was equally putrid. BostonGlobe.com, "LANDOVER, Md. — Instant analysis from the Patriots’ 33-7 win over the Redskins:," 7 Oct. 2019 Forget the exhausted narrative about his putrid performances in primetime. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Vikings leave room for defensive improvement in final month of season," 3 Dec. 2019 Oregon survives a putrid offensive outing to win the Civil War. oregonlive, "While the Ducks stutter-stepped past Oregon State, Utah pulverized another opponent: Issues & Answers," 1 Dec. 2019 The Cavs’ struggles and putrid defense hurt James’s case, but that team would fall apart without him. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Crossover's 2017-18 NBA Midseason Awards," 19 Jan. 2018 After a storm, the junior warden knows what might await him at North Baltimore’s Church of the Guardian Angel: a putrid stench and gray-brown bubbling waste coating the basement floors. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "‘Not acceptable’: Baltimore City Council pushes for action on sewage backups, lagging reimbursement program," 13 Nov. 2019 Florida State’s defense has been putrid, but Syracuse has struggled mightily on offense of late. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Syracuse at Florida State odds, picks and best bets," 24 Oct. 2019 Pressly’s prior postseason performances were putrid. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros win Game 4, push Yankees to brink of elimination," 18 Oct. 2019 That play and the entirety of the putrid performance by the UO offense in the 44-15 loss are on the minds of some Ducks as No. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "'Everything is noted’: Tristan Cooper’s hit, remarks about taking out Dillon Mitchell on minds of some Oregon Ducks ahead of Arizona game," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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1 Jan 2020

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“Putrid.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrid. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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


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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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