Adjective "decrepit" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Worn out or ruined because of age or neglect.
  1. 'She lives alone with her young baby in a damp, decrepit house.'
  2. 'Until the present Foreign Office was built in the 1860s, the department was housed in decrepit buildings in Downing Street.'
  3. 'Schools look more decrepit than houses, government offices, strung along the road, so run down you wonder if anybody ever visits them.'
  4. 'This time it was a decrepit, dark and deserted Tudor style house.'
  5. 'The decrepit appearance of the municipal dwelling houses, however, masked their true value.'
  6. 'A few kilometers down a decrepit road is a sprawling abandoned battery factory.'
  7. 'All that remained at Assonde were the decrepit shells of houses.'
  8. 'According to council reports, two thirds of the houses are decrepit with out-of-date heating systems, crumbling walls and dodgy electrics.'
  9. 'We had just walked to the top of the hill and scrambled among the ruins of decrepit churches and an old stone castle.'
  10. 'It is old, rickety, and decrepit, and miraculously survives the nine-day trip.'
  11. 'a rather decrepit old man'
  12. 'On the other hand we meet people much younger who behave as if they were decrepit and refuse to keep up with the times.'
  13. 'It might be that I'm too decrepit for the pace of it or it might be the lyrics.'
  14. 'A ragged decrepit old man blinking in amazement as a parachute descends into the valley, landing gently beside the lake.'
  15. 'The old decrepit man watched as they harassed the beautiful young lady who was trying to enjoy her lunch in peace.'
  16. 'It's not for working reporters, even old, decrepit ones like myself, to comment on that kind of thing.'
  17. 'Edith Evans made a striking screen debut as the decrepit Countess.'
  18. 'One of his long time friends asked how a decrepit bloke like him had landed such a gorgeous dame.'
  19. 'David turned to the decrepit man sitting in the interrogation room.'
  20. 'My parents are not decrepit old people; they insist on remaining as young as possible, and by doing so, they keep me young too.'
  21. 'The guard at the gate watched the decrepit old man limp along in the distance.'



1. weakened by old age; feeble; infirm: a decrepit man who can hardly walk.

2. worn out by long use; dilapidated: a decrepit stove.

More examples(as adjective)

"interiors can be decrepit with lots."

"boats can be decrepit."

"states can be decrepit."

"ships can be decrepit."

"buildings can be decrepit."

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Late Middle English: from Latin decrepitus, from de- ‘down’ + crepitus, past participle of crepare ‘rattle, creak’.