Definition of rancid in English:

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rancid

Pronunciation: /ˈransɪd/

adjective

1(Of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale: rancid meat without preservatives, fat goes rancid
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.
Synonyms
1.1Highly unpleasant; repugnant: his columns are just rationales for every kind of rancid prejudice

Derivatives

rancidity

Pronunciation: /ranˈsɪdɪti/
noun
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.

rancidly

adverb

rancidness

Pronunciation: /ˈransɪdnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Imagine a pan of bacon grease left sitting out for a week or two, the house closed up, a mustiness already risen from the basement where clothes have mildewed, mixing with the greasy rancidness.
  • The aroma compounds were correlated to potato flavour and rancidness.

Origin

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

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

Words that rhyme with rancid

unfancied
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