One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a decrepit old man’
feeble, enfeebled, infirm, weak, weakened, weakly, frail, debilitated, incapacitated, wasted, doddering, tottering, out of shape, in bad shape
old, elderly, aged, ancient, in one's dotage, long in the tooth, senile
informal past it, over the hill, no spring chicken
2‘a decrepit 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
battered, decayed, decaying, crumbling, deteriorated, deteriorating, antiquated, superannuated, the worse for wear
NZ Australian informal rumpty
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