adjective \ˈran(t)-səd\

of food : having a strong and unpleasant smell or taste from no longer being fresh

: full of anger and bitterness

Full Definition of RANCID

:  having a rank smell or taste
:  offensive
ran·cid·i·ty \ran-ˈsi-də-tē\ noun
ran·cid·ness \ˈran(t)-səd-nəs\ noun

Examples of RANCID

  1. Some foods become rancid quickly.
  2. <an unscrupulous food vendor who's as rancid as the meat that he serves>

Origin of RANCID

Latin rancidus, from rancēre to be rancid
First Known Use: 1646


adjective \ˈran(t)-səd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RANCID

: having a rank smell or taste usually from chemical change or decomposition <rancid butter>


Next Word in the Dictionary: rancio
Previous Word in the Dictionary: ranchwoman
All Words Near: rancid

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up rancid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More