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

Other Words from putrid

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

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a putrid shade of green the putrid remains of a dead raccoon on the side of the highway
Recent Examples on the Web Eventually the pens themselves can become putrid as their mesh is clogged by mussels and seaweed. Richard Adams Carey, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Meanwhile, Morbius couldn’t even meme its way to success, making a paltry $163 million globally to go along with putrid reviews. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 19 July 2022 What lay on the pillow was a charnel-house, a heap of pus and blood, a shovelful of putrid flesh. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Seattle converted half of its six chances Tuesday, while the team supposedly benefitting by the creature comforts of home ended 1-for-11 and a putrid 1-for-17 in the two-game series. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 July 2022 Likewise, Keller has seen his ERA soar since, going from 1.38 following that loss to 4.56 after his ninth loss of the season, a 9-7 stinker against the similarly putrid Athletics on Saturday. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 1 July 2022 For years, pollution from septic systems has spawned algae blooms, toxic bacteria, and a putrid scum coating the waters of Cape Cod, destroying vital ecosystems, contributing to coastal erosion, and harming tourism. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, 17 May 2022 Open basement doors reveal a putrid stew of trash and standing water. Alan Judd, ajc, 13 June 2022 That helps overcome a putrid first two rounds, when five of the six SEC teams in the field were cut down as favorites. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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


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

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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