Definition of putrid in English:



  • 1(of organic matter) decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell.

    ‘a butcher who sold putrid meat’
    • ‘She held her nose closed, stepping over a river of some kind of brown putrid liquid.’
    • ‘She squeezed her eyes tightly, unable to bear the thought of her eyes coming in contact with the putrid water which engulfed her.’
    • ‘They all in general had putrid gums, the spots and lassitude, with weakness of their knees.’
    • ‘The egg cracks open and a putrid gas squirts out.’
    • ‘She felt the scent of putrid alcohol and knew she was doomed.’
    • ‘Tavis restrained the urge to kill me by taking another long gulp of his putrid coffee and sighing.’
    • ‘This time there were no putrid fish or noxious fumes.’
    • ‘He felt he was melting and would end up as a putrid puddle of jellied meat on the floor of the cave.’
    decomposing, decomposed, decaying, decayed, rotting, rotten, bad, off, putrefied, putrescent, rancid, mouldy, spoilt
    foul, fetid, stinking, rank
    putrefacient, putrefactive, olid
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    1. 1.1Of or characteristic of rotting matter.
      ‘the putrid smells from the slaughterhouses’
      • ‘They're trapped, on boats, roofs, porches, surrounded by black and putrid water.’
      • ‘Her huge lips smacked together with each chew of gum that gave off a putrid, sickening watermelon stench.’
      • ‘In fact the smell of the putrid dust was nonexistent.’
      • ‘The sin sheep eat the soul grass, and the souls work off bad karma in the sheep's unspeakably putrid intestinal track.’
      • ‘Consumers pay for poultry based on weight - including the putrid water added to it.’
      • ‘You are stuck here sharing in the hopelessness and breathing the putrid air for the next seven days.’
      • ‘Now, when the lights went on, she had ten seconds to be in the other room before the putrid gas was released.’
      • ‘As I breathed in the putrid air, a metallic taste formed at the back of my throat, making my stomach more than a little queasy.’
      • ‘She shivered as their chilled breath filled the air, suffocating her with its putrid weight.’
      • ‘They stepped into the tunnels of the sewers, in the ankle-deep, putrid water.’
      • ‘‘She doesn't want to eat with putrid garbage,’ Vincent put in.’
      • ‘You don't want us to pace endlessly up and down the hallway, drinking putrid coffee in paper cups and looking forlorn?’
      • ‘She ignored my first comment, but to the second, she chirped, ‘No, you smell like putrid tuna.’’
      • ‘Pointing to the blasted house and putrid water in the street, she exclaimed: ‘We have been pushed back to the age of boiling water.’’
      • ‘The dog growled again, its breath hot and putrid.’
      • ‘That sick sense of something putrid and vile grew stronger and stronger as Bahzell concentrated upon it.’
      • ‘The air smelt putrid with the stench of rotting flesh.’
      • ‘The combination of sewage and oil has resulted in a putrid smell spreading over a wide area.’
      • ‘You cannot leave such putrid garbage for two weeks.’
      • ‘Immediately, Felix's hand flew to his nose before the putrid, repulsive stench could.’
  • 2informal Very unpleasant; repulsive.

    ‘the cocktail is a putrid pink colour’
    • ‘The putrid green color coats the inside of his lids.’
    • ‘She covered her face, coughing until she could taste yesterday's putrid cocktail on her tongue.’
    • ‘By winter, the colour would all be gone, replaced by black bark and the putrid brown of decay set against grey sky and grey water.’
    • ‘These are symptoms of a disease, the ugly, putrid sores of a deeper illness.’
    • ‘The Texans have been equally putrid offensively.’
    • ‘The paint had almost completely rusted off and the few remaining patches of color were a putrid shade of green.’
    • ‘The creature came right up to us, until we could smell its putrid breath and hear it's snapping jaws.’
    • ‘I was glad I wasn't on her side, because I could smell his putrid breath even from several feet away.’
    • ‘The actors in the commercial convincingly bulge out their cheeks to convey that they are full of putrid vomit.’
    • ‘By midnight, save for the few who'd donned old sneakers and jeans, gay summer colors had become a uniformed dull, putrid, brown.’
    • ‘I was surrounded by a disgusting and putrid evil wanting nothing more than to humiliate and destroy me.’
    • ‘The young messenger whirled to face him and smelled his warm, putrid breath.’
    • ‘Well folks, that go-along attitude and curiosity have together congealed into a large putrid mass of disgust.’
    • ‘The exposed skin where his delicate patch usually lay was a vile, putrid yellow.’
    • ‘She was just metres from being swallowed by the putrid, disgusting gunk of grief.’
    • ‘Given the putrid offensive production it's frankly amazing that the Twins have been able to remain in contention.’
    • ‘The filial photo, on the other hand, is an acid nightmare of lime green and putrid pink.’
    • ‘This is when the ugly head of terrorism, spawned from the putrid heap of human rejects, knocks on the doors of civilized people.’
    • ‘Even the air seemed to hang with the putrid color.’
    • ‘It tasted like the smell of a belch, and had the colour of putrid dishwater.’
    revolting, disgusting, abhorrent, repellent, repugnant, offensive, objectionable, vile, foul, nasty, loathsome, sickening, nauseating, stomach-churning, stomach-turning, hateful, detestable, execrable, abominable, monstrous, appalling, reprehensible, deplorable, insufferable, intolerable, despicable, contemptible, beyond the pale, unspeakable, noxious, horrendous, heinous, atrocious, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, unsavoury, unpleasant, disagreeable, distasteful, dislikeable, off-putting, uninviting, displeasing
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Late Middle English: from Latin putridus, from putrere to rot, from puter, putr- rotten.