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[dih-krep-it] /dɪˈkrɛp ɪt/
weakened by old age; feeble; infirm:
a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
worn out by long use; dilapidated:
a decrepit stove.
Origin of decrepit
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dēcrepitus, literally, broken down, equivalent to dē- de- + crep(āre) to crack + -i- -i- + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitness, noun
undecrepit, adjective
1. enfeebled. See weak.
1. vigorous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decrepit
  • Most people become decrepit as they age.
  • He only had one eye now and was too decrepit to do anything other than greet me.
  • The force of law is the only reason these decrepit, teetering giants continue to exist.
  • Many of the blasts result from decrepit wiring, which can lead to sparks.
  • He said the building was in a decrepit state, infested with rats and mice.
  • The popular image of these late years may be of crusty and decrepit ancients.
  • Their skateboard park is a decrepit concrete fountain with deep fissures.
  • The apartments were uniformly dirty and decrepit.
  • To achieve that, however, it must overhaul its decrepit service sector.
  • Eddie hoarded, nothing decrepit enough or useless enough or sufficiently broken to throw away.
British Dictionary definitions for decrepit


enfeebled by old age; infirm
broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
Derived Forms
decrepitly, adverb
decrepitude, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak
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Word Origin and History for decrepit

mid-15c., from Middle French décrépit (15c.), from Latin decrepitus "very old, infirm," from de- "down" (see de-) + *crepitus, past participle of crepare "to crack, break."

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