from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The property of being rank, of having a repulsive odor, of being stinky, foul or malodorous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition or quality of being rank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Physical strength; effective force; potency.
- n. Strength of kind, quality, or degree, in a disparaging sense; hence, extravagance; excess; grossness; repulsiveness: as, rankness of growth; the rankness of a poison, or of one's pride or pretensions.
- n. Insolence; presumption.
- n. Strength of growth; rapid or excessive increase; exuberance; extravagance; excess, as of plants, or of the wood of trees.
- n. Excessive fertility; exuberant productiveness, as of soil.
- n. Offensive or noisome smell or taste; repulsiveness to the senses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the attribute of having a strong offensive smell
- n. the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth
Sorry, no etymologies found.
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He curses the sunlight, the earth and all of its people, the fetid alcohol rankness of his own breath.
It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but in those of the popular form it is seen in its greatest rankness and is truly their worst enemy ….
Indeed, he believed that in popularly elected governments, parties would display their "greatest rankness" and emerge as the "worst enemy" to the political system.
And we should think nothing of informing them immediately that their rankness needs to be addressed.
And while the noisome traveler was not a terrorist in the post-9/11 sense and didn't pose an immediate physical threat to the plane or its passengers directly, her rankness terrorized my nose and its owner.
It also spoke of her addiction, currently being fed; stale sweat and the rankness of bad, chemical-filled blood.
It can be quite spicy, but there is a rankness to it I didn't quite like.
It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy.
It exists under different shapes in all governments, more or less stifled, controlled, or repressed; but, in those of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worstenemy.