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
Rotting, spoiled food is an example of something that might be described as fetid.
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”).
- This is not a suit for splashing about barbarically in the fetid seas of Venice.
- Sluggish brackish streams creep along between banks of fetid black mud.
- Terminating the short annual shoot which bears a whorl of four or more leaves below the flower; in this and in some species of the nearly allied genus Trillium (chiefly temperate North America) the flowers have a fetid smell, which together with the dark purple of the ovary and stigmas and frequently also of the stamens and petals, attracts carrion-loving flies, which alight on the stigma and then climb the anthers and become dusted with pollen; the pollen is then carried to the stigmas of another flower.
- The mine tunnel narrowed and the pair was forced to hunch down under the low ceiling that closed in the fetid air around them like a soaked and musty blanket.
- Flies and frogs were also complained of, and Sidonius, writing in the 5th century, complains bitterly of the "feculent gruel" (cloacalis puts) which filled the canals of the city, and gave forth fetid odours when stirred by the poles of the bargemen.