Definitions

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

  • v. A past tense of stink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of stink.
  • adj. Foul-smelling, stinking, unclean.
  • n. Water retained by an embankment; a pool of water.
  • n. A dam or mound to stop water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Weak; worn out.
  • n. Water retained by an embankment; a pool of water.
  • n. A dam or mound to stop water.
  • Stunk.
  • intransitive v. To sigh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dam up.
  • Exhausted; weary.
  • Old preterit of stink.
  • n. A body of standing water; a pool; a pond.
  • n. A tank; a ditch.

Etymologies

Old French estanc, (French étang), from Latin stagnum ("a pool"). Compare stagnant, stagnate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They encouraged one another to positive hatred of the working man who had suddenly become wealthy; his name stank in their nostrils.

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  • Y’all know what a sceptic stank is full of, doncha?

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  • I ended up walking around for more than ten years with the assumption that men in turbans stank, which is ridiculous, because my male neighbours both across the street and next door wore turbans, and they were perfectly decent, non-smelly people that I saw all the time.

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  • For even as Andersonville was a name that stank in the North, so was Rock Island one to bring terror to the heart of any Southerner who had relatives imprisoned there.

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  • Now Mr Paul's name stank in the nostrils of Mrs Stumfold.

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  • Beverley Nichols claimed he was a sex-crazed cad who "stank" and bragged of seducing a 12-year-old girl in Thailand.

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  • The truth is more that most of us are a strange mixture of many people who came from all walks of life and are ancestors "stank" just as much as we.

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  • I'm not sure, but I think "stank" is typically used in the U.S. when someone wants to say "Mief".

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  • Well, somebody smelled the "stank," and called the fire department because they thought it was a natural gas leak!

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  • But anyway, "stank" is a freakin 'halarious word and I started giggleing for no reason.

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