- having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.
- (of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.
- offensive or nasty; disagreeable.
Origin of rancid
Examples from the Web for rancid
You know the cartoon segment that used to be in colour in rancid old newspapers?The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten: His Memoir Seethes With Anger—And Charm
November 20, 2014
The workers had to use oxygen tanks to combat the rancid smell of death in temperatures that topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit.Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 7, 2014
No, this rancid bill of goods is also being by peddled by Fox News personalities.The Right’s Dangerous Rhetoric: Obama as an ‘Enemy Combatant’
February 10, 2014
I will be happy if events prove me too pessimistic, but the political atmosphere in Washington is rancid.This Isn’t Obama’s Malaise, It’s GOP Intransigence
May 3, 2013
The rancid smell of bedding struck his sensitive nostrils from within.In Happy Valley
The smell of hot, rancid grease struck him like a solid wall.
It smelled as if it had been boiling three weeks in a rancid pot.
A pity that he goes about so unclean, smelling of rancid sanctity!Luna Benamor
Vicente Blasco Ibez
It proved to be dried beans and corn cooked with rancid tallow!
- (of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition
- (of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale
Word Origin and History for rancid
1640s, from Latin rancidus "rank, stinking, offensive" (also source of Italian rancido, Spanish rancio), from rancere "be spoiled or rotten," of unknown origin. German ranzig is from French rancide. Related: Rancidness.
- Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats.