Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Having the smell of oily substances that have begun to spoil; rank.

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Usage examples "rancid":

  1. We've peaches a great many commodities in with the yellows, and weeviled such a condition that they are wheat, and rancid butter, and not exportable. - "The Henchman", Mark Lee Luther.
  2. From the ceiling downward hung the thick, stale cloud of smoke from many strong pipes and the rancid poison of air discharged from many lungs had become a stench in the nostrils. - "A Pagan of the Hills", Charles Neville Buck.
  3. The rancid smell of bedding struck his sensitive nostrils from within. - "In Happy Valley", John Fox.