A bottle of rancid milk.
Milk that has spoiled is an example of something that would be described as rancid.
- having the bad smell or taste of stale fats or oils; spoiled
Origin of rancidClassical Latin rancidus from rancere, to be rank
- Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank.
- Repugnant; nasty: rancid remarks.
Origin of rancidLatin rancidus from rancēre to stink, be rotten
(comparative more rancid, superlative most rancid)
- Nouns to which "rancid" often gets applied: food, butter, meat, milk, fat, oil, smell, odor, taste.
From Latin rancidus (“stinking, rank, rancid, offensive"), from ranceÅ (“to stink") (sense in Middle Latin), from whence also English rancor, in Latin used only in present participle rancens (“stinking").