The definition of putrid is something disgusting, rotting or smelly.
Milk that is rotting and going bad is an example of something that would be described as putrid.
- decomposed; rotten and foul-smelling
- causing, showing, or proceeding from decay
- morally corrupt; depraved
- Informal very disagreeable or unpleasant
Origin of putridFrench putride ; from Classical Latin putridus ; from putrere: see putrescent
- Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten: putrid meat.
- Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction: a putrid odor.
- Morally rotten; corrupt: “and all the while scarlet thoughts, putrid fantasies, and no love” (Louis Auchincloss).
- Of extremely poor quality; atrocious or contemptible: a good play ruined by putrid acting.
Origin of putridMiddle English putred, from Old French putride, from Latin putridus, from putr&emacron;re, to be rotten, from puter, putr-, rotten; see p&ubremac;- in Indo-European roots.
- pu·trid′i·ty , pu′trid·ness
(comparative more putrid, superlative most putrid)
- Nouns to which "putrid" is often applied: smell, odor, flesh, matter, meat.