Adjective "Rancid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale.
  1. 'without preservatives, fat goes rancid'
  2. 'In order to maximize profits from their government contracts, food suppliers delivered partial shipments and rancid provisions.'
  3. 'Moreover, irradiation can destroy essential vitamins and nutrients that are naturally present in foods and can make food taste and smell rancid.'
  4. 'As soon as they stepped in, a rancid smell filled the air.'
  5. 'That is just as well, since it often induced an unpleasantly rancid truffle aroma and taste.'
  6. 'When exposed to air for extended periods of time, fats become rancid and develop an unpleasant taste and odor.'
  7. 'What plant may cure Alzheimer's disease, increase circulation, tastes like almonds and smells like rancid butter?'
  8. 'The group charges that irradiation also deactivates the natural digestive enzymes found in raw food, and encourages fats to turn rancid.'
  9. 'When I returned I was laying in bed and couldn't sleep because of this rancid smell consuming the house.'
  10. 'He lifts it down and removes several pieces of the rancid, dried meat stored in it.'
  11. 'What if the food is rancid and you're still stuck with a full plate?'


1. having a rank, unpleasant, stale smell or taste, as through decomposition, especially of fats or oils: rancid butter.

2. (of an odor or taste) rank, unpleasant, and stale: a rancid smell.

3. offensive or nasty; disagreeable.

More examples(as adjective)

"oils can be rancid."

"butters can be rancid."

"smells can be rancid."

"fats can be rancid."

"spawns can be rancid."

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Early 17th century: from Latin rancidus ‘stinking’.