putrid

adjective
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for putrid

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

undecomposed

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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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Democrats accuse Trump of tolerating badly overcrowded and putrid holding facilities in a purposeful effort to discourage future immigrants. Alan Fram, BostonGlobe.com, "Dems, GOP trade blame over migrant conditions at border," 12 July 2019 So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. Author: Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers who deal with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 So many gray whales are dying off the U.S. West Coast that scientists and volunteers dealing with the putrid carcasses have an urgent request for coastal residents: Lend us your private beaches so these ocean giants can rot in peace. Gillian Flaccus, chicagotribune.com, "So many whales are dying on the West Coast that officials are asking owners of private beaches to let them rot there," 21 June 2019 The blast sent chunks of burning, rotting blubber raining down on spectators, and several cars in a nearby parking lot were crushed by blobs of putrid flesh. Author: Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 The blast sent chunks of burning, rotting blubber raining down on spectators, and several cars in a nearby parking lot were crushed by blobs of putrid flesh. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 The blast sent chunks of burning, rotting blubber raining down on spectators, and several cars in a nearby parking lot were crushed by blobs of putrid flesh. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 The blast sent chunks of burning, rotting blubber raining down on spectators, and several cars in a nearby parking lot were crushed by blobs of putrid flesh. Gillian Flaccus, chicagotribune.com, "So many whales are dying on the West Coast that officials are asking owners of private beaches to let them rot there," 21 June 2019

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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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putrid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of putrid

: decayed with usually a very bad or disgusting smell
informal : very ugly, bad, or unpleasant

putrid

adjective
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

putrid

adjective
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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