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fetid

Definition:

offensively malodorous

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

fetidness

Comparative:

more fetid

Superlative:

most fetid

Similar to:

malodorous

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

foetid [British spelling] | foul | foul-smelling | funky | ill-scented | noisome | smelly | stinking | whiffy

Etymology:

Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking", from fetere...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Odor | fragrance | smell | scents | aroma | malodor | stench | reek | stink

caused by one or more volatilized chemical compounds, generally at a very low concentration, that humans or other animals perceive by the sense of olfaction. Odors are also commonly called scents, which can refer to both pleasant and unpleasant odors... (40 of 7056 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Odor

Collins Dictionary:

fetid | foetid | fetidly [derived] | foetidly [adverb, derived]

having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay (8 of 480 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fetid

Merriam-Webster:

fetid | malodorous [synonym] | foul [synonym] | frowsty [British, synonym] | frowsy [British, synonym] | funky [British, synonym] | fusty [British, synonym] | musty [British, synonym] | noisome [British, synonym] | ...

having a heavy offensive smell (5 of 130 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fetid

Oxford Dictionary:

fetid | foetid | fetidly [derived] | fetidness [derived]

smelling extremely unpleasant (3 of 75 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fetid

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fetid [formal, abbreviation]

fetid water or air has a very unpleasant smell, usually caused by decay (13 of 38 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fetid

New World Dictionary:

fetid | fetidly [adverb, related] | fetidness [noun, related]

having a bad smell, as of decay; putrid (8 of 37 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fetid

American Heritage Dictionary:

fetid | fetidly [adverb, related] | fetidness [noun, related]

Having an offensive odor. (4 of 25 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fetid

Cambridge Dictionary:

fetid [formal] | foetid

smelling extremely bad and stale (5 of 15 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/fetid

Wiktionary:

fetid | fetids [plural] | malodorous [synonym, sense-specific]

Foul-smelling, Stinking. | [rare] The foul-smelling assafoetida plant, or its extracts. (10 of 15 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fetid

Random House Dictionary:

fetid | foetid

having an offensive odor; stinking. (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/fetid

Britannica Encyclopedia:

smell [sense] | Olfaction [synonym]

the detection and identification by sensory organs of airborne chemicals. The concept of smell, as it applies to humans, becomes less distinct when ... (23 of 167 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/549491​/smell

Columbia Encyclopedia:

smell

sense that enables an organism to perceive and distinguish the odors of various substances, also known as olfaction. In humans, the organ of smell is ... (25 of 280 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0845585​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

fetid | foetid

having a rotten or offensive smell (6 of 36 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611125​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

fetid

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking", from fetere "have a bad smell, stink". Perhaps connected with ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=fetid

New World Dictionary:

fetid

Origin: Middle English from Latin fetidus, foetidus from Latin foetere, to stink from Indo-European *dhwoitos from base *dheu-, to blow about derives "dull"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fetid

Wiktionary:

fetid | fetids [plural]

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

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/fetid

Oxford Dictionary:

fetid | foetid

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin fetidus (often erroneously spelled foetidus), from fetere "to stink". Compare with "fetor"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/fetid

Collins Dictionary:

fetid | foetid

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/fetid

Merriam-Webster:

fetid

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fetid

American Heritage Dictionary:

fetid

Origin: Middle English, from Latin fētidus, from fētēre, to stink.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fetid

Encarta Dictionary:

fetid

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin fetidus from fetere "to stink"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861611125​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

fetid [formal, abbreviation]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "fetid"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "fetid"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/fetid

Macmillan American Dictionary:

fetid [formal, abbreviation]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fetid"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/fetid

the Free Dictionary:

fetid

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "fetid"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "fetid"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "fetid" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/fetid

foetid

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "foetid"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "foetid" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

fetid

Audio: English pronunciation of "fetid"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=fetid

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

fetid

Audio: North American pronunciation of "fetid"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fetid​001 word=fetid

YourDictionary Audio:

fetid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "fetid" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/fetid

foetid

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "foetid" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/foetid

Collins Dictionary:

foetid | fetid

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "foetid"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "foetid"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/foetid

Cambridge Dictionary:

foetid

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "foetid"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "foetid"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/foetid

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