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From Proto-Indo-European *pu-; compare Sanskrit पूयति (pūyati, stinks, rots), Ancient Greek πῦον (pûon, discharge from a sore), πύθειν (púthein, to rot), Gothic 𐍆𐌿𐌻𐍃 (fuls, foul), Old English fūl (foul), perhaps ultimately echoic of a natural exclamation of disgust or abhorrence.



putrō (present infinitive putrere, perfect active putruī, supine putritum); third conjugation

  1. I decay, rot, putrefy
  2. I fester


   Conjugation of putro (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present putrō putris putrit putrimus putritis putrunt
imperfect putrēbam putrēbās putrēbat putrēbāmus putrēbātis putrēbant
future putram putrēs putret putrēmus putrētis putrent
perfect putruī putruistī putruit putruimus putruistis putruērunt, putruēre
pluperfect putrueram putruerās putruerat putruerāmus putruerātis putruerant
future perfect putruerō putrueris putruerit putruerimus putrueritis putruerint
passive present putror putreris, putrere putritur putrimur putriminī putruntur
imperfect putrēbar putrēbāris, putrēbāre putrēbātur putrēbāmur putrēbāminī putrēbantur
future putrar putrēris, putrēre putrētur putrēmur putrēminī putrentur
perfect putritus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect putritus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect putritus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present putram putrās putrat putrāmus putrātis putrant
imperfect putrerem putrerēs putreret putrerēmus putrerētis putrerent
perfect putruerim putruerīs putruerit putruerīmus putruerītis putruerint
pluperfect putruissem putruissēs putruisset putruissēmus putruissētis putruissent
passive present putrar putrāris, putrāre putrātur putrāmur putrāminī putrantur
imperfect putrerer putrerēris, putrerēre putrerētur putrerēmur putrerēminī putrerentur
perfect putritus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect putritus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present putre putrite
future putritō putritō putritōte putruntō
passive present putrere putriminī
future putritor putritor putruntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives putrere putruisse putritūrus esse putrī putritus esse putritum īrī
participles putrēns putritūrus putritus putrendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
putrere putrendī putrendō putrendum putritum putritū