Rotting, spoiled food is an example of something that might be described as fetid.
Origin of fetidMiddle English from Classical Latin fetidus, foetidus from Classical Latin foetere, to stink from Indo-European an unverified form dhwoitos from base an unverified form dheu-, to blow about from source dull
Origin of fetidMiddle English from Latin fētidus from fētēre to stink
(comparative more fetid, superlative most fetid)
- Foul-smelling, stinking.
- I caught the fetid odor of dirty socks.
- (rare) The foul-smelling asafoetida plant, or its extracts.
From the Latin adjective, fetidus (“having offensive odour”) (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo (“to stink”).