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 Tigers’ putrid offense averaged just 3.7 runs a game in that 20-30 run. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Tigers can make MLB playoffs in a 50-game season," 16 June 2020 In the natural world, too, colors which sit beside yellow on the spectrum mix with it to create putrid shades that bring to mind acid, pus, poison, and toxic foods and flowers, causing revulsion and fear. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "The Irresistible Appeal Of A Yellow Dress," 26 May 2020 Lorenzo's Lock: Renegades -4.5 New York Guardians (+9.5) at St. Louis BattleHawks (O/U 40.5) New York's showing last week was downright putrid. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "XFL Week 3 staff picks: Looking at gambling lines, spreads, over/under," 21 Feb. 2020 Some have been amazing, others have been downright putrid, but on the whole, the IPA is now one of my favorite styles. Matt Koesters, Cincinnati.com, "How to get over your fears and start trying more local beers," 19 Feb. 2020 In the six seasons that followed Harbaugh’s departure, all under York’s rule, the 49ers were putrid, posting a record of 32-65. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Jed York: Has the longtime fan target finally gotten things right?," 2 Feb. 2020 Maybe the worst thing about the loss was that if the Wild weren’t so putrid for 40 minutes of play, they actually might have won. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Furious rally comes up short as Wild fall 6-5 to Sharks," 8 Nov. 2019 Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings Thielen was one of the Vikings who expressed frustration at the fact that the passing game has been so putrid this season. Dr. Roto, SI.com, "Week 5 Visionary Plays: Bold Fantasy and DFS Predictions," 4 Oct. 2019 The Arizona game was the Stars’ second after Christmas break, when Dallas sputtered into the break with a trio of putrid performances against the Lightning, Panthers and Flames. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars’ Best of the Season: Jamie Benn pounds the Coyotes into boards, on the scoreboard," 24 Mar. 2020

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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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22 Jun 2020

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“Putrid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/putrid. Accessed 11 Jul. 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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