Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

fetid

or foet·id

[fet-id, fee-tid]
See more synonyms for fetid on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. having an offensive odor; stinking.
Show More

Origin of fetid

1590–1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related formsfet·id·ly, adverbfet·id·ness, fe·tid·i·ty, noun

Synonyms for fetid

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for fetid

stinking, putrid, noxious, revolting, smelly, stinky, corrupt, gross, icky, loathsome, lousy, malodorous, mephitic, noisome, offensive, rank, repugnant, repulsive, rotten, strong

Examples from the Web for fetid

Contemporary Examples of fetid

Historical Examples of fetid


British Dictionary definitions for fetid

fetid

foetid

adjective
  1. having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Show More
Derived Formsfetidly or foetidly, adverbfetidness or foetidness, noun

Word Origin for fetid

C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for fetid

adj.

early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fetid in Medicine

fetid

(fĕtĭd, fētĭd)
adj.
  1. Having an offensive odor.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.