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putrid Syllabification: pu·trid
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞otrəd/

Definition of putrid in English:


1(Of organic matter) decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell.
Example sentences
  • 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.
decomposing, decaying, rotting, rotten, bad, off, putrefied, putrescent, rancid, moldy;
foul, fetid, rank
1.1Of or characteristic of rotting matter: the putrid smells from the slaughterhouses
More example sentences
  • The dog growled again, its breath hot and putrid.
  • She shivered as their chilled breath filled the air, suffocating her with its putrid weight.
  • She ignored my first comment, but to the second, she chirped, ‘No, you smell like putrid tuna.’
1.2 informal Very unpleasant; repulsive: the cocktail is a putrid pink color
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  • The putrid green color coats the inside of his lids.
  • The paint had almost completely rusted off and the few remaining patches of color were a putrid shade of green.
  • Well folks, that go-along attitude and curiosity have together congealed into a large putrid mass of disgust.


Pronunciation: /pyo͞oˈtridədē/
Example sentences
  • It is a disgusting bird, with its bald scarlet head formed to wallow in putridity.
  • She takes on the putridity with all the imagination at her command to build something anew from the ruins.
  • Boxing Helena is hereby pronounced guilty of abysmal putridity.
Example sentences
  • The Raffalesia plant, also known as the ‘corpse plant’, was putridly sickening.
  • We would run to him, sweaty and out of breath, and he would embrace us both, and tell me how putridly I stunk of perspiration.
  • He either locks himself inside that dusty old library, or remains in that putridly small studio of his.
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, the Dolby Digital soundtracks are just fine and really enhance the overall putridness of Vanilla Ice and his band.


Late Middle English: from Latin putridus, from putrere 'to rot', from puter, putr- 'rotten'.

  • foul from Old English:

    The Old English word foul comes from an ancient root shared by Latin pus (adopted into late Middle English) Latin putere ‘to stink’ (source of LME putrid), and the original sense was ‘stinking or disgusting’. Foul play indicating unfair conduct or treachery is recorded from the late 16th century, and sports players have been able to complain of ‘a foul’ since the 1750s. See also fair

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