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pūteō (I stink”, “I am rotten or putrid) +‎ -idus (tending to, suffix forming adjectives)



pūtidus (feminine pūtida, neuter pūtidum); first/second declension

  1. (literally) rotten, decaying, spoiled, fetid
    1. (of a wound) festering, infected, purulent, suppurating
    2. (without the attendant notion of decay or infection) stinking, reeking, foul, mephitic
  2. (transferred senses):
    1. (in contemptuous language, of persons) old, half-rotten, withered, decrepit
      1. (of persons’ minds) addled, worn-out
    2. (of actions, utterances, etc.) tiresome, wearisome, objectionable, vexatious, offensive, disagreeable, disgusting
      1. (of written style, rhetorical composition, or pronunciation) unnatural, affected, stilted, pedantic


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pūtidus pūtida pūtidum pūtidī pūtidae pūtida
genitive pūtidī pūtidae pūtidī pūtidōrum pūtidārum pūtidōrum
dative pūtidō pūtidō pūtidīs
accusative pūtidum pūtidam pūtidum pūtidōs pūtidās pūtida
ablative pūtidō pūtidā pūtidō pūtidīs
vocative pūtide pūtida pūtidum pūtidī pūtidae pūtida

Derived terms[edit]


  • pūtĭdus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • putidus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pūtĭdus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, page 1,281/3
  • pūtidus” on page 1,526/1 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)