Origin of decrepitMiddle English and Old French from Classical Latin decrepitus from de-, intensive + crepitus, past participle of crepare, to creak, rattle (in LL, to burst, die): see craven
An example of something decrepit is an old, abandoned house with shingles and paint that are falling off.
Origin of decrepitMiddle English from Old French from Latin dēcrepitus worn out, feeble dē- de- crepitus past participle of crepāre to burst, crack
(comparative more decrepit, superlative most decrepit)
- Weakened or worn out from age or wear
From Middle French décrépit, from Latin decrepitus (“very old”), from crepare (“to creak”).
- She opened her eyes and looked around, not recognizing the decrepit factory.
- The decrepit King Charles II.
- After a year's service in Congress in 1782-1783, in which he experienced the futility of endeavouring to attain through that decrepit body the ends he sought, he settled down to legal practice in New York.
- The provincial schools, dependent upon so decrepit an alma mater, were suffered to decay.
- Edward, though only in his fifty-seventh year, was entering into a premature and decrepit old age, in which he became the prey of unworthy favorites, male and female.