Definition of fetid adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfetɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetɪd//
; BrE BrE//ˈfiːtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfiːtɪd//
(British English, less frequent foetid) [usually before noun] (formal)
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smelling very unpleasant synonym stinking fetid air Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin fetidus (often mistakenly spelled foetidus), from fetere ‘to stink’.Extra examples He felt the creature’s hot, fetid breath against his skin. She tried to inhale as little of the fetid air as possible. The damp, fetid conditions were shocking.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fetid