decrepit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj decrepit lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality "a feeble old woman","her body looked sapless"
    • adj decrepit worn and broken down by hard use "a creaky shack","a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape","a flea-bitten sofa","a run-down neighborhood","a woebegone old shack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Decrepit Broken down with age; wasted and enfeebled by the infirmities of old age; feeble; worn out.☞ Sometimes incorrectly written decrepid. "Beggary or decrepit age.""Already decrepit with premature old age."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decrepit Broken down in health, physical or mental, especially from age; wasted or worn by infirmities; weakened, especially by age.
    • decrepit In geology, said of rivers that have reached the last stages of their existence, or of that portion of a drainage-course which has reached base-level and where deposition along the bed exceeds the amount removed by floods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Decrepit de-krep′it worn out by the infirmities of old age: in the last stage of decay
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Quotations

  • T. S. Eliot
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    “The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. decrepitus, perhaps orig., noised out, noiseless, applied to old people, who creep about quietly; de-, + crepare, to make a noise, rattle: cf. F. décrépit,. See Crepitate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. decrepitus, noiseless, very old—de, not, crepitus, a noise.

Usage

In literature:

Next an old and decrepit-looking woman, with a great bundle of sticks on her head.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
Such a decrepit old age!
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
To a ramshackle buggy he had hitched a decrepit horse.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
What will be the old age of this government, if it is thus already decrepit?
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Saying nothing, he set his shoulder to the gate, and lifting it on its decrepit hinges swung it open.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
I left it broken and decrepit.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
The dealers in children have for their especial patrons the decrepit and surfeited Roman Senators, who love fresh fruits.
"The Brass Bell" by Eugène Sue
During the afternoon, the poet was observed lashing the fire-shovel to the other end of a decrepit rake.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
Slowly but surely his mighty army dwindled away to a mere handful of dissatisfied men and decrepit horses.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
Some careless seamen had gone down into the hold with a decrepit, old lantern.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
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In poetry:

"If not—," but Count Decrepit rose,
Infirm, decayed and slim;
"I hid my title!" and her heart
Was there knocked down to him.
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
A widow--she had only one!
A puny and decrepit son;
But, day and night,
Though fretful oft, and weak and small,
A loving child, he was her all--
The Widow's Mite.
"The Widow's Mite" by Frederick Locker-Lampson
Full many a day of sunshine and of storm,
Since last we parted, both have surely known;
Thy leaves are thinned, decrepit is thy form,--
And all my cherished visions, they are flown!
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Aslaug and her mother live hidden away in a small, decrepit house in the wilderness of Maine.
Decrepit plumbing makes the water undrinkable in some buildings.
The once-grand El Hotel Centenario is now the decrepit El Hotel del Migrante Deportado — the Hotel of the Deported Migrant.
Today this West African city is a slumbering and decrepit citadel at the southern edge of the Sahara, in Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Decrepit Elevators, Built for Times Long Past, Torment New York Hospitals.
These days, some of its key combat aircraft are being described with terms like geriatric, or decrepit.
The ancient and decrepit institution of the Electoral College lives on.
Decrepit old buildings are now art and fashion districts with rooftop bars and galleries, while trendy weekend markets sell craft beer and fresh local produce.
As building materials are difficult to come by, many of Havana 's streets have decrepit or collapsing structures.
With a maniacal clown in a decrepit New England cemetery.
Decrepit, unsafe RivCo Jail, grafted onto downtown Riverside's Historic County Courthouse decades ago, came down this summer.
The recent vote in Catalonia in favor of independence will create more problems for economically decrepit Spain.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick donated $200,000 for renovation of the decrepit facility, part of an overall plan.
Disheveled post-punker trades in his decrepit brown notes for rinky-dink Eighties hooks and a vast array of leopard-print tights.
Since Andrew Field and David Selig opened Rockaway Taco in 2008, rehabbing a plywood shack on a decrepit block of Beach 96th Street, this seaside surprise has become a phenomenon.
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