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decrepit


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decrepit  \De*crep"it\,  a.  [L.  decrepitus  perhaps  orig.,  noised 
  out  noiseless,  applied  to  old  people,  who  creep  about 
  quietly;  de-  +  crepare  to  make  a  noise,  rattle:  cf  F. 
  d['e]cr['e]pit.  See  {Crepitate}.] 
  Broken  down  with  age;  wasted  and  enfeebled  by  the  infirmities 
  of  old  age;  feeble;  worn  out  ``Beggary  or  decrepit  age.'' 
  --Milton. 
 
  Already  decrepit  with  premature  old  age.  --Motley. 
 
  Note:  Sometimes  incorrectly  written  decrepid. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decrepit 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {creaky}, 
  {flea-bitten},  {run-down},  {woebegone}] 
  2:  lacking  physical  strength  or  vitality;  "a  feeble  old  woman"; 
  "her  body  looked  sapless"  [syn:  {feeble},  {infirm},  {sapless}, 
  {weak},  {weakly}] 




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