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>

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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 pu·trid \ˈpyü-trəd\

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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