Definition of decrepit in English:

decrepit

adjective

  • 1(of a person) elderly and infirm.

    ‘a decrepit old drunk’
    • ‘The guard at the gate watched the decrepit old man limp along in the distance.’
    • ‘On the other hand we meet people much younger who behave as if they were decrepit and refuse to keep up with the times.’
    • ‘To less decrepit members of the population than me, life means nightlife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘David turned to the decrepit man sitting in the interrogation room.’
    • ‘My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.’
    • ‘It might be that I'm too decrepit for the pace of it or it might be the lyrics.’
    • ‘Anna is a femme fatale looking for a young powerful lover to help her murder her decrepit husband and make off with his fortune.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Advertisements for these drugs feature, not decrepit old men, but young athletes.’
    • ‘And it would be lovely to actually build that house on Gola before we're too decrepit to take advantage of it.’
    • ‘It's not for working reporters, even old, decrepit ones like myself, to comment on that kind of thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A ragged decrepit old man blinking in amazement as a parachute descends into the valley, landing gently beside the lake.’
    • ‘At 65, he isn't decrepit, and you note that others were reluctant to retire at 70.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every day citizens and visitors who have to walk through the city must step gingerly over or around these decrepit characters.’
    • ‘One of his long time friends asked how a decrepit bloke like him had landed such a gorgeous dame.’
    feeble, enfeebled, infirm, weak, weakened, weakly, frail, debilitated, incapacitated, wasted, doddering, tottering, out of shape, in bad shape
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    1. 1.1 Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect.
      ‘centuries-old buildings, now decrepit and black with soot’
      • ‘And here she was, sitting in this decrepit house on the island, trying to make a life for herself as a painter.’
      • ‘A few kilometers down a decrepit road is a sprawling abandoned battery factory.’
      • ‘The decrepit appearance of the municipal dwelling houses, however, masked their true value.’
      • ‘Until the present Foreign Office was built in the 1860s, the department was housed in decrepit buildings in Downing Street.’
      • ‘Pulling up outside the shop was a decrepit, battered motorcycle with sidecar and a rider of the same genre.’
      • ‘We had just walked to the top of the hill and scrambled among the ruins of decrepit churches and an old stone castle.’
      • ‘According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.’
      • ‘All that remained at Assonde were the decrepit shells of houses.’
      • ‘Demolition debris surrounds the stately but decrepit house of Sripathi Rao, Nandana's grandfather.’
      • ‘I laughed and ran downstairs holding my car keys and decrepit backpack that was practically falling apart.’
      • ‘Even if she were in trouble she would not leave her decrepit house in a nightgown.’
      • ‘As with Paradise, this story begins in a decrepit relic of a house inhabited by women on the edge of a dying town.’
      • ‘She lives alone with her young baby in a damp, decrepit house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When they got to the decrepit house, Robin seized Twigg by the arm and pulled him into a nearby bush.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is old, rickety, and decrepit, and miraculously survives the nine-day trip.’
      • ‘I trudged over to a ramshackle building reminding me of a snack bar at our decrepit drive-in theater.’
      • ‘This time it was a decrepit, dark and deserted Tudor style 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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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- ‘down’ + crepitus, past participle of crepare ‘rattle, creak’.

Pronunciation

decrepit

/dəˈkrɛpət//dəˈkrepət/