from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank.
- adj. Repugnant; nasty: rancid remarks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Being rank in taste or smell.
- adj. offensive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a rank smell or taste, from chemical change or decomposition; musty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Rankly offensive to the senses; having a tainted smell or taste; fetid or soured from chemical change.
- Repulsive to the moral sense; disgusting; loathsome.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
- adj. smelling of fermentation or staleness
Latin rancidus, from rancēre, to stink, be rotten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rancidus ("stinking, rank, rancid, offensive"), from ranceō ("to stink") (sense in Middle Latin), from whence also English rancor, in Latin used only in present participle rancens ("stinking"). (Wiktionary)