Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having an offensive odor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having an offensive smell; stinking.
  • noun See fetid, fetor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having an offensive smell; stinking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Foul-smelling, Stinking.
  • noun rare The foul-smelling assafoetida plant, or its extracts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective offensively malodorous

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin fētidus, from fētēre, to stink.]

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From the Latin adjective, fetidus ("having offensive odour") (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo ("to stink").

Examples

  • The Ephemerides, Schurig, and Hoffman report instances of what they call fetid semen (possibly a complication of urethral disease).

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • The Ephemerides, Schurig, 9.18 and Hoffman report instances of what they call fetid semen (possibly a complication of urethral disease).

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • It was piercing cold, with a burning sun; and we experienced a nasty, choking, sickening smell of sulphur, which arose in fetid puffs from the many-coloured surface – dead white, purple, dull red, green, and brilliant yellow.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • The Vale of the Asphaltites is further remarkable for a species of limestone called the fetid, the smell of which, as its name imports, is extremely offensive.

    Palestine or the Holy Land From the Earliest Period to the Present Time

  • The air defines the word fetid, with overcrowded conditions and men shuffling around in their orange socks and flip-flops, wearing various uniforms to describe their situation (pre-trial or serving time).

    Jibstay

  • Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.

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  • Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

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  • This word is fun to say as if you were one of the weird sisters in "Macbeth": fetid and fouuuuul!

    October 26, 2007

  • Citation on pus.

    June 22, 2008

  • There will be no people living in fetid dens and fetid rags, and bringing up unhealthy, hunger-pinched children in the midst of impossible and absolutely repulsive surroundings.

    Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

    July 27, 2011

  • also spelt foetid (BrE).

    July 27, 2011