Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bad odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an offensive odor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An offensive odor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An offensive odor; a stench.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

Etymologies

mal- (“bad”) +‎ odor (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By the age of 5, his talent for sniffing out every kind of malodor is already evident, but nothing prepares him for what he encounters after being sold as an apprentice to a tannery run by a vicious brute replete with boils.

    Hoppin��� Down The Bunny Trail

  • Signs of an infection are redness, swelling, malodor and/or pus yellowish colored drainage.

    Neal M. Blitz, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.: Beware of the Diabetic Heart Attack of the Foot

  • I'd smelled that malodor of skunk in the air, just a hint of it, around suppertime.

    The Mondays: Sometimes the Muse Is In the Bushes

  • There are some patients who will notice increased perspiration in the lower leg, however, since it is not contained in a shoe, there is no associated malodor as a result.

    Smelly Feet? What To Do About It

  • In addition to the malodor, some people experience increase in oily hair and scalp.

    What Is 'Smelly Hair Syndrome?'

  • At the appointed hour when courtiers of Louis XIV were finally to call at the shop to test its wares, Pan returned prematurely from a stroll in the park, his malodor at high mast due to exercise and the sappy influences of spring.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • In as much as his health would permit, Pan had cooperated in the venture to disguise his malodor and transport him to the New World, but he hardly could be rated enthusiastic.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • Their research ran the gamut from studies on the most effective natural flavors for treating bad breath — cinnamon is a good choice — to the development of an artificial nose for sniffing out oral malodor and links between exhaled air and disease.

    Scientists Bringing Bad Breath Out of the Closet | Impact Lab

  • Predating the malodor squad, IFF worked on smell-fighting products now on the market, including the "odor shield" feature of Glad trash bags, which manufacturer Clorox Co. credits with boosting the sales of its premium bags.

    This Job Stinks: Chemists

  • Looking at a dozen or so components, they determined that the main culprits in the tobacco malodor, after nicotine, include substituted pyrazines and pyridines (compounds that contribute a burning, smoky smell) and para-cymene (lending green or herbal notes).

    This Job Stinks: Chemists

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