Definition of fetid
: having a heavy offensive smell a fetid swamp
Examples of fetid in a Sentence
a fetid pool of water
the fetid odor of rotting vegetables
Recent Examples of fetid from the Web
Scents mark us emotionally, even physically — fetid river muck, or mud glazed by the tides.
The quagmire swallowing his agenda is composed of the stagnant, fetid mud created by continually undermining his staff and allies.
There was lagniappe: Disease rates fell because fetid floodwater could be pumped out faster before mosquitoes had a chance to breed there and spread infections.
The fetid liquid was flowing under pressure, and over the next 25 hours, 10.6 million gallons of waste gushed directly into the waterway that intersects Las Olas Boulevard.
Spotty, tantalizing rain showers have left fetid puddles, speeding the infection’s spread.
Wait too long and what was once verdant and fragrant emerges black, slimy and fetid.
Just three days earlier, Seu Luiz was sleeping on the floor of a cattle corral, surrounded by fetid mud.
The trailer shows members of the Losers Club exploring a fetid sewer before cutting to a slow reveal of Bill Skarsgård's supernatural clown, grinning behind a bunch of red balloons.
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Origin and Etymology of fetid
Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of fetid
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Definition of fetid for English Language Learners
: having a strong, unpleasant smell
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