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Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use. See Synonyms at weak.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēcrepitus, worn out, feeble : dē-, de- + crepitus, past participle of crepāre, to burst, crack.]
1. enfeebled by old age; infirm
2. broken down or worn out by hard or long use; dilapidated
[C15: from Latin dēcrepitus, from crepāre to creak]
deˈcrepiˌtude, deˈcrepitness n
1. weakened by old age; feeble; infirm.
2. worn out or broken down by long use; dilapidated.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dēcrepitus=dē- de- + -crepitus, akin to crepāre to crack, burst]
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|Adj.||1.||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"|
worn - affected by wear; damaged by long use; "worn threads on the screw"; "a worn suit"; "the worn pockets on the jacket"
|2.||decrepit - lacking bodily or muscular strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless"|
frail - physically weak; "an invalid's frail body"
1. ruined, broken-down, battered, crumbling, run-down, deteriorated, decaying, beat-up (informal), shabby, worn-out, ramshackle, dilapidated, antiquated, rickety, weather-beaten, tumbledown The film was shot in a decrepit police station.
1. Not physically strong:
decrepit[dɪˈkrɛpɪt] adj (building) → cadente; (person) → decrepito/a