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  1. having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.

  2. (of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.

  1. offensive or nasty; disagreeable.

Origin of rancid

1640–50; <Latin rancidus rank, stinking, equivalent to ranc(ēre) to be rotten + -idus-id4

Other words from rancid

  • ran·cid·ly, adverb
  • ran·cid·ness, ran·cid·i·ty, noun
  • un·ran·cid, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rancid


/ (ˈrænsɪd) /

  1. (of butter, bacon, etc) having an unpleasant stale taste or smell as the result of decomposition

  2. (of a taste or smell) rank or sour; stale

Origin of rancid

C17: from Latin rancidus rank, from rancēre to stink

Derived forms of rancid

  • rancidity (rænˈsɪdɪtɪ) or rancidness, noun

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