fetid

adjective fet·id \ ˈfe-təd , especially British ˈfē-tid \

Definition of fetid

:having a heavy offensive smell
  • a fetid swamp

fetidly

adverb

fetidness

noun

Examples of fetid in a Sentence

  1. a fetid pool of water

  2. the fetid odor of rotting vegetables

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Origin and Etymology of fetid

Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink

Synonym Discussion of fetid

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

FETID Defined for English Language Learners

fetid

adjective

Definition of fetid for English Language Learners

  • : having a strong, unpleasant smell


Medical Dictionary

fetid

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

medical Definition of fetid

:having a heavy offensive smell


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