fetid

or foet·id

[ fet-id, fee-tid ]
/ ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd /

adjective

having an offensive odor; stinking.

Nearby words

  1. fete day,
  2. feterita,
  3. feti-,
  4. fetial,
  5. feticide,
  6. fetidly,
  7. fetiparous,
  8. fetish,
  9. fetishism,
  10. fetishist

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fetid

fetid

foetid

/ (ˈfɛtɪd, ˈfiː-) /

adjective

having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Derived Formsfetidly or foetidly, adverbfetidness or foetidness, noun

Word Origin for fetid

C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke

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Word Origin and History for fetid

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."

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Medicine definitions for fetid

fetid

[ fĕtĭd, fētĭd ]

adj.

Having an offensive odor.

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