Definition of decrepit in English:



  • 1(of a person) elderly and infirm.

    ‘a decrepit old drunk’
    • ‘At 65, he isn't decrepit, and you note that others were reluctant to retire at 70.’
    • ‘A ragged decrepit old man blinking in amazement as a parachute descends into the valley, landing gently beside the lake.’
    • ‘And it would be lovely to actually build that house on Gola before we're too decrepit to take advantage of it.’
    • ‘It might be that I'm too decrepit for the pace of it or it might be the lyrics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guard at the gate watched the decrepit old man limp along in the distance.’
    • ‘Advertisements for these drugs feature, not decrepit old men, but young athletes.’
    • ‘Edith Evans made a striking screen debut as the decrepit Countess.’
    • ‘One of his long time friends asked how a decrepit bloke like him had landed such a gorgeous dame.’
    • ‘David turned to the decrepit man sitting in the interrogation room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not for working reporters, even old, decrepit ones like myself, to comment on that kind of thing.’
    • ‘Anna is a femme fatale looking for a young powerful lover to help her murder her decrepit husband and make off with his fortune.’
    • ‘My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The old decrepit man watched as they harassed the beautiful young lady who was trying to enjoy her lunch in peace.’
    • ‘Every day citizens and visitors who have to walk through the city must step gingerly over or around these decrepit characters.’
    feeble, enfeebled, infirm, weak, weakened, weakly, frail, debilitated, incapacitated, wasted, doddering, tottering, out of shape, in bad shape
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    1. 1.1Worn 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.’
      • ‘When they got to the decrepit house, Robin seized Twigg by the arm and pulled him into a nearby bush.’
      • ‘A few kilometers down a decrepit road is a sprawling abandoned battery factory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Schools look more decrepit than houses, government offices, strung along the road, so run down you wonder if anybody ever visits them.’
      • ‘Even if she were in trouble she would not leave her decrepit house in a nightgown.’
      • ‘Pulling up outside the shop was a decrepit, battered motorcycle with sidecar and a rider of the same genre.’
      • ‘Until the present Foreign Office was built in the 1860s, the department was housed in decrepit buildings in Downing Street.’
      • ‘We had just walked to the top of the hill and scrambled among the ruins of decrepit churches and an old stone castle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This time it was a decrepit, dark and deserted Tudor style house.’
      • ‘According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.’
      • ‘Demolition debris surrounds the stately but decrepit house of Sripathi Rao, Nandana's grandfather.’
      • ‘I've moved from a tiny, decrepit college room to a smaller, equally crumbly college-owned house.’
      • ‘All that remained at Assonde were the decrepit shells of houses.’
      • ‘She lives alone with her young baby in a damp, decrepit house.’
      • ‘It is old, rickety, and decrepit, and miraculously survives the nine-day trip.’
      • ‘I laughed and ran downstairs holding my car keys and decrepit backpack that was practically falling apart.’
      • ‘I trudged over to a ramshackle building reminding me of a snack bar at our decrepit drive-in theater.’
      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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Late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- down + crepitus, past participle of crepare rattle, creak.