Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To emit a strong foul odor.
  • intransitive v. To be highly offensive or abhorrent.
  • intransitive v. To be in extremely bad repute.
  • intransitive v. Slang To have something to an extreme or offensive degree: a family that stinks with money; a deed that stinks of treachery.
  • intransitive v. Slang To be of an extremely low or bad quality: This job stinks.
  • intransitive v. Slang To have the appearance of dishonesty or corruption: Something about his testimony stinks.
  • transitive v. To cause to stink: garbage that stinks up the yard.
  • n. A strong offensive odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.
  • n. Slang A scandal or controversy: "the stink over sexual politics in the military” ( David Nyhan).
  • idiom make Slang To make a great fuss.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To have a strong bad smell.
  • v. To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
  • v. To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
  • n. A strong bad smell.
  • n. A complaint or objection.
  • n. chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
  • n. A failure or unfortunate event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
  • intransitive v. To emit a strong, offensive smell; to send out a disgusting odor.
  • transitive v. To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To emit a strong offensive smell; send out a disgusting odor; hence, to be in bad odor; have a bad reputation; be regarded with disfavor.
  • To annoy with an offensive smell; affect in any way by an offensive odor.
  • n. A strong offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
  • n. Hell, regarded as a region of sulphurous smells (or of infamy?).
  • n. A disagreeable exposure.
  • n. Synonyms Stench, etc. See smell.

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

  • v. be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance
  • v. smell badly and offensively
  • n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

Etymologies

Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, to emit a smell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English stincan. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He repeated the word stink a lot, too, used it as a noun: The imaginary person was full of stink; the earth was full of stink.

    Over the Edge

  • Ty, yer stink is making multiple appearances on this blog.

    Stuff My Wife Says That Disturbs Me

  • Both parties stink from the core and the only way out of the mess we are in is by cleaning house.

    McConnell explains Wall Street meeting with Cornyn

  • This whole e-mail stink is about some random 3L opining, a priori, from her Harvard armchair about actual science.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » 4. On a Bus in Kiev

  • In truth, when it becomes embedded in your fingernails after changing a particularly messy diaper and the only way to get rid of the real or psychological stink is to cut them off and bleach the cuticles, no immature but ultimately tenderhearted guy will ever regard feces as if it were a coat of blush and gaze at you lovingly, realizing at long last that he's found his soul mate.

    Meredith C. Carroll: Potty Training Our Daughter: Do We Have To?

  • After viewing the pictures, we can't help but wonder what the big stink is all about?

    Rosalyn Hoffman: A Generation in Need of Crystal Balls?

  • The stink is one of the reasons why the trees aren't seen near busy streets in the US, even though it's the oldest tree specie in the world.

    Boing Boing

  • As Washington Post writer Richard Cohen recently observed, the fact that schools stink and teachers unions stink is old news.

    Jane White: What's Wrong With our Schools? We Have Met the Enemy and She is Us

  • Not a miracle cleaner but close - For rifles, I found and tried M-Pro 7 Copper Remover - doesn't stink, is non-toxic and environmentally frielndly, but took out a ton of copper fouling from a Surplus Lee-Enfield Rifle I have.

    That Good, Clean Feeling

  • And, yes, I imagine money and the fear of "a stink" was what led to that choice, but clearly it was understood that one way to avoid a stink is to give people input into the images of themselves (parodied or not) that you are putting out for public consumption.

    Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

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