fetid

adjective
fet·​id | \ ˈfe-təd How to pronounce fetid (audio) , especially British ˈfē-tid \

Definition of fetid

: having a heavy offensive smell a fetid swamp

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Other Words from fetid

fetidly adverb
fetidness noun

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malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. prisoners were held in stinking cells the fetid odor of skunk cabbage noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive. a stagnant, noisome sewer putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter. the putrid smell of rotting fish rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell. rank cigar smoke fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age. a fusty attic the musty odor of a damp cellar

Examples of fetid in a Sentence

a fetid pool of water the fetid odor of rotting vegetables
Recent Examples on the Web When the blast went off, bodies were scattered into fetid drainage canals, the survivors left to escape in a daze of horror. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 The fetid granularity of true crime can have a visceral impact—your heart races, your body clenches. Alyse Burnside, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2021 What child would not appreciate the opportunity to behold a fetid dragon or dinosaur on Perrier Street? al, 9 Sep. 2021 One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2021 One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Time, 26 Aug. 2021 One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of fetid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetid

Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink

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The first known use of fetid was in the 15th century

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4 Oct 2021

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“Fetid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetid. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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fetid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fetid

: having a strong, unpleasant smell

fetid

adjective
fet·​id
variants: also foetid \ ˈfet-​əd, especially British ˈfē-​tid \

Medical Definition of fetid

: having a heavy offensive smell

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