putrid

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adjective pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\

Definition of putrid

  1. 1a :  being in a state of putrefaction :  rottenb :  of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction :  foul a putrid odor

  2. 2a :  morally corruptb :  totally objectionable

putridity

play \pyü-ˈtri-də-tē\ noun

putridly

play \ˈpyü-trəd-lē\ adverb

Examples of putrid in a Sentence

  1. a putrid shade of green

  2. the putrid remains of a dead raccoon on the side of the highway

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Origin and Etymology of putrid

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

Synonym Discussion of putrid

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

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PUTRID Defined for English Language Learners

putrid

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adjective

Definition of putrid for English Language Learners

  • : decayed with usually a very bad or disgusting smell

  • : very ugly, bad, or unpleasant


PUTRID Defined for Kids

putrid

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adjective pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\

Definition of putrid for Students

  1. 1 :  rotten 1 putrid meat

  2. 2 :  coming from or suggesting something rotten a putrid smell


Medical Dictionary

putrid

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adjective pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\

Medical Definition of putrid

  1. 1:  being in a state of putrefaction

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction a putrid odor



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