Definition of rancid in English:


Syllabification: ran·cid
Pronunciation: /ˈransəd


(Of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale.
More example sentences
  • If you don't know what it's supposed to smell like, it might smell a little like rancid butter.
  • Butyric acid is responsible not only for the smell of rancid butter, but also contributes to the odor of sweat.
  • When I returned I was laying in bed and couldn't sleep because of this rancid smell consuming the house.
sour, stale, overstored, turned, rank, putrid, foul, rotten, bad, off; gamy, high, fetid, stinking, malodorous, foul-smelling
literary noisome


early 17th century: from Latin rancidus 'stinking'.



Pronunciation: /ranˈsidətē/
More example sentences
  • Antioxidants added to the fat at the time of storage prevent the occurrence of rancidity.
  • Store any leftovers in a cool, dry place because the high oil content of the nuts can lead to rancidity.
  • A practical strategy to check for rancidity is to simply smell the fish oil.

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