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ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪdfetid

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, noisome, smelly, stinking, ill-scentedadjective

    offensively malodorous

    "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled really funky"


  1. fetidnoun

    The foul-smelling assafoetida plant, or its extracts.

  2. fetidadjective

    Foul-smelling, Stinking.

    I caught the fetid odor of dirty socks.

  3. Etymology: From the Latin adjective, fetidus (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FETIDadjective

    Stinking; rancid; having a smell strong and offensive.

    Etymology: fœtidus, Latin; fetide, Fr.

    Most putrefactions are of an odious smell; for they smell either fetid or mouldy. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    In the most severe orders of the church of Rome, those who practise abstinence, feel after it fetid hot eructations. Arbuth.

    Plague, fiercest child of Nemesis divine,
    Descends from Ethiopia’s poison’d woods,
    From stifled Cairo’s filth and fetid fields. James Thomson, Summer.


  1. fetid

    Fetid refers to something that has an extremely unpleasant smell or odor; foul-smelling or stinking. It is often used to describe decay or rot, and is synonymous with terms like putrid, noisome, or malodorous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fetidadjective

    having an offensive smell; stinking

  2. Etymology: [L. fetidus, foetidus, fr. fetere, foetere, to have an ill smell, to stink: cf. F. ftide.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fetid

    fē′tid, or fet′id, adj. stinking: having a strong offensive odour.—ns. Fē′tidness, Fē′tor, Fœ′tor. [L. fœtidusfœtēre, to stink.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetid in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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