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  • English travellers, neither of the smellfungus, the mundungus, or she sentimental-sans-sentiment, tribe, set out from Paris, on their return to the metropolis of their own country.

    Francis, the Philanthropist: an unfashionable tale

  • Oh, 'twas base! to be treated everywhere with politeness and hospitality, and in return invidiously to smellfungus them all over; to go to the country of Kate of Aberdeen, of Auld Robin Gray, 'midst rural innocence and sweetness, take up their plaids, and dance.

    The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

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  • a noun meaning critic, fault-finder, carper.
    He was an abrasive smellfungus who irritated everyone. (See Webster's Third)
    Also see article "Save Smellfungus" on blog: ruthminshull.com

    April 6, 2009

  • A discontented person; a grumbler, fault-finder. After the name by which Sterne designated Smollett on account of the captious tone of the latter's Travels through France and Italy (1766). Sometimes spelled smelfungus.

    February 15, 2008