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Language: Old English
Origin: ranc


3 adjective
Related topics: Gardening, Plants
1 if something is rank, it has a very strong unpleasant smell
rank smell/odour
the rank odour of sweat and urine
2 [only before noun] used to emphasize a bad or undesirable quality [= total]:
an example of this government's rank stupidity
They make us look like rank amateurs (=not at all good or professional).
3HBPDLG rank plants are too thick and have spread everywhere:
rank grass and weeds

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