from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten.
  • adj. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.
  • adj. Morally rotten; corrupt: "and all the while scarlet thoughts, putrid fantasies, and no love” ( Louis Auchincloss).
  • adj. Extremely objectionable; vile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rotting, rotten, being in a state of putrefaction.
  • adj. of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction, especially having a bad smell, like that of rotting flesh.
  • adj. Vile, disgusting.
  • adj. morally corrupt
  • adj. totally objectionable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to decomposition or decay; decomposed; rotten; -- said of animal or vegetable matter. See putrefaction.
  • adj. Indicating or proceeding from a decayed state of animal or vegetable matter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a state of decay or putrefaction; exhibiting putrefaction; corrupt; fetid from rottenness; stinking: said of animal and vegetable bodies: as putrid flesh.
  • Indicating a state of putrefaction; proceeding from or pertaining to putrefaction: as, a putrid scent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. morally corrupt or evil
  • adj. of or relating to or attended by putrefaction
  • adj. in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor


Middle English putred, from Old French putride, from Latin putridus, from putrēre, to be rotten, from puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin putridus ("rotten, decayed"), from pūtreō ("I am rotten or putrid"), from puter ("rotten, decaying, putrid"). (Wiktionary)


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