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rancid Syllabification: ran·cid
Pronunciation: /ˈransəd/

Definition of rancid in English:


(Of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale.
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;
literary noisome


Pronunciation: /ranˈsidətē/
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.


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

  • Latin rancidus which means ‘stinking’ is the source of rancid in English. The related rancor ‘rankness’ gives us rancour (Middle English).

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