Fetid meaning

fĕtĭd, fētĭd
The definition of fetid is something that smells really bad or unpleasant.

Rotting, spoiled food is an example of something that might be described as fetid.

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Having an offensive odor.
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Having a bad smell, as of decay; putrid.
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Foul-smelling, stinking.

I caught the fetid odor of dirty socks.

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(rare) The foul-smelling asafoetida plant, or its extracts.
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Origin of fetid

  • Middle English from Latin fētidus from fētēre to stink

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Latin adjective, fetidus (“having offensive odour”) (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo (“to stink”).

    From Wiktionary