- 1Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect: a row of decrepit housesMore example sentences
dilapidated, rickety, run down, broken-down, tumbledown, ramshackle, worn out, derelict, in ruins, ruined, falling apart, falling to pieces, 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
- According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.
- Schools look more decrepit than houses, government offices, strung along the road, so run down you wonder if anybody ever visits them.
- Demolition debris surrounds the stately but decrepit house of Sripathi Rao, Nandana's grandfather.
- 1.1(Of a person) elderly and infirm: a rather decrepit old manMore example sentences
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; superannuated, senescent
- My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.
- 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.
- The old decrepit man watched as they harassed the beautiful young lady who was trying to enjoy her lunch in peace.
late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- 'down' + crepitus, past participle of crepare 'rattle, creak'.