Definition of decrepit in English:



  • 1Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect:

    ‘a row of decrepit houses’
    • ‘According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.’
    • ‘The outside of the school is done up very nice to create a façade on the outside, but on the inside everything is dilapidated and decrepit.’
    • ‘Even if she were in trouble she would not leave her decrepit house in a nightgown.’
    • ‘All that remained at Assonde were the decrepit shells of houses.’
    • ‘Until the present Foreign Office was built in the 1860s, the department was housed in decrepit buildings in Downing Street.’
    • ‘A few kilometers down a decrepit road is a sprawling abandoned battery factory.’
    • ‘This time it was a decrepit, dark and deserted Tudor style house.’
    • ‘Demolition debris surrounds the stately but decrepit house of Sripathi Rao, Nandana's grandfather.’
    • ‘We had just walked to the top of the hill and scrambled among the ruins of decrepit churches and an old stone castle.’
    • ‘And here she was, sitting in this decrepit house on the island, trying to make a life for herself as a painter.’
    • ‘When they got to the decrepit house, Robin seized Twigg by the arm and pulled him into a nearby bush.’
    • ‘I laughed and ran downstairs holding my car keys and decrepit backpack that was practically falling apart.’
    • ‘She lives alone with her young baby in a damp, decrepit house.’
    • ‘As with Paradise, this story begins in a decrepit relic of a house inhabited by women on the edge of a dying town.’
    • ‘The decrepit appearance of the municipal dwelling houses, however, masked their true value.’
    • ‘Pulling up outside the shop was a decrepit, battered motorcycle with sidecar and a rider of the same genre.’
    • ‘I trudged over to a ramshackle building reminding me of a snack bar at our decrepit drive-in theater.’
    • ‘It is old, rickety, and decrepit, and miraculously survives the nine-day trip.’
    • ‘Schools look more decrepit than houses, government offices, strung along the road, so run down you wonder if anybody ever visits them.’
    • ‘I've moved from a tiny, decrepit college room to a smaller, equally crumbly college-owned house.’
    dilapidated, rickety, run down, broken-down, tumbledown, ramshackle, worn out, derelict, in ruins, ruined, falling apart, falling to pieces, in disrepair, in a state of disrepair, creaky, creaking, gone to rack and ruin, on its last legs
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) elderly and infirm:
      ‘a rather decrepit old man’
      • ‘David turned to the decrepit man sitting in the interrogation room.’
      • ‘Shah Jahan would recover from his illness only to spend his last days as an old and decrepit man, imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb, in the fort in Agra.’
      • ‘It might be that I'm too decrepit for the pace of it or it might be the lyrics.’
      • ‘Advertisements for these drugs feature, not decrepit old men, but young athletes.’
      • ‘The marriage of a man to a woman more than twice his age is unheard of in the country, where nubile, teenage girls are frequently betrothed to decrepit, old men.’
      • ‘But the fact that he's so old, and so decrepit, and has a walker, and can barely move on his own, makes it funny and makes it work.’
      • ‘At 65, he isn't decrepit, and you note that others were reluctant to retire at 70.’
      • ‘On the other hand we meet people much younger who behave as if they were decrepit and refuse to keep up with the times.’
      • ‘A ragged decrepit old man blinking in amazement as a parachute descends into the valley, landing gently beside the lake.’
      • ‘My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.’
      • ‘Edith Evans made a striking screen debut as the decrepit Countess.’
      • ‘The old decrepit man watched as they harassed the beautiful young lady who was trying to enjoy her lunch in peace.’
      • ‘One of his long time friends asked how a decrepit bloke like him had landed such a gorgeous dame.’
      • ‘It's not for working reporters, even old, decrepit ones like myself, to comment on that kind of thing.’
      • ‘Every day citizens and visitors who have to walk through the city must step gingerly over or around these decrepit characters.’
      • ‘To less decrepit members of the population than me, life means nightlife.’
      • ‘If I were a litigant, I would not like an ageing and decrepit judge sitting on my case, where the amounts at issue might be significant.’
      • ‘And it would be lovely to actually build that house on Gola before we're too decrepit to take advantage of it.’
      • ‘Anna is a femme fatale looking for a young powerful lover to help her murder her decrepit husband and make off with his fortune.’
      • ‘The guard at the gate watched the decrepit old man limp along in the distance.’
      feeble, enfeebled, infirm, weak, weakened, weakly, frail, debilitated, incapacitated, wasted, doddering, tottering, out of shape, in bad shape
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Late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- down + crepitus, past participle of crepare rattle, creak.