Definitions

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

  • adjective Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank.
  • adjective Repugnant; nasty.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

  • adjective Having a rank smell or taste, from chemical change or decomposition; musty.

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

  • adjective Being rank in taste or smell.
  • adjective offensive

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

  • adjective (used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
  • adjective smelling of fermentation or staleness

Etymologies

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

[Latin rancidus, from rancēre, to stink, be rotten.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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  • There is something intrinsically unpleasant about this word!

    January 29, 2008