pu·​trid | \ˈpyü-trəd \

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 \ noun
putridly \ˈpyü-​trəd-​lē \ adverb

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addled, bad, corrupted, decayed, decomposed, putrefied, rotten, spoiled



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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

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Bengals: Matt Barkley has a putrid 63.7 passer rating in five seasons spent mostly in a reserve capacity. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 For decades, government agencies have grappled over what to do about the New River, whose putrid green water runs like a primordial stew from Mexico's sprawling city of Mexicali through California's Imperial Valley. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Drama at America's doorstep," 3 May 2018 A full year from those two will help bolster things, as will a second-year adjustment from Dansby Swanson, who was putrid last season (.232/.312/.324) but is off to a hot start in 2018. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Blowing Up Small Sample Sizes, Heroic Homer Feats and Establishing an All-MLB Team," 2 Apr. 2018 Pools of putrid water and garbage gathered in corners, the sidewalks were cracked like eggshells, and there was almost no street lighting. Néstor Martí, Smithsonian, "The Man Who Saved Havana," 18 Apr. 2018 Davis on the Bengals: Matt Barkley has a putrid 63.7 passer rating in five seasons spent mostly in a reserve capacity. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "USA TODAY: With McCarron gone, Bengals' backup quarterback situation isn't good," 27 June 2018 The Three Lions overcame their putrid penalty past to get by Colombia in the round of 16 before blanking Sweden 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Croatia, England Vie for Place in World Cup Final vs. France," 11 July 2018 After hitting a putrid .133 in 30 at-bats last season, Anagnos raised his batting average by more than 400 points to lead the county with a .589 average. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge junior Josh Olsufka captures baseball Player of the Year," 20 June 2018 The Republicans are like a putrid football team with a moribund offense, which would naturally prefer to play all its games in a mud pit. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of putrid

: decayed with usually a very bad or disgusting smell

: very ugly, bad, or unpleasant


pu·​trid | \ˈpyü-trəd \

Kids Definition of putrid

1 : rotten sense 1 putrid meat

2 : coming from or suggesting something rotten a putrid smell


pu·​trid | \ˈpyü-trəd \

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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