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

  • adj. Having no odor.

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  • adj. Odourless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Emitting no odor; wthout smell; scentless; odorless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Destitute of odor; having no scent or smell.

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

  • adj. having no odor


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in- +‎ odorous


  • A number of these sweatings and plungings having, as he supposed, rendered his person perfectly "inodorous," he resumed his trapping with renovated hope.

    The adventures of Captain Bonneville

  • Water, when simple, is insipid, inodorous, colorless, and smooth; it is found, when not cold, to be a great resolver of spasms, and lubricator of the fibres; this power it probably owes to its smoothness.

    On the Sublime and Beautiful

  • This too, when simple, is insipid, inodorous, colorless, and smooth to the touch and taste.

    On the Sublime and Beautiful

  • It was inodorous, tasteless; you only knew you had it when it began to work upon you.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • There is many a shop-keeper whose sign is a very tolerable picture; and often have we stopped to admire (the reader will give us credit for having remained OUTSIDE) the excellent workmanship of the grapes and vine-leaves over the door of some very humble, dirty, inodorous shop of a marchand de vin.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • Wherefore, that which is to receive all forms should have no form; as in making perfumes they first contrive that the liquid substance which is to receive the scent shall be as inodorous as possible; or as those who wish to impress figures on soft substances do not allow any previous impression to remain, but begin by making the surface as even and smooth as possible.


  • The containing principle may be likened to a mother, the source or spring to a father, the intermediate nature to a child; and we may also remark that the matter which receives every variety of form must be formless, like the inodorous liquids which are prepared to receive scents, or the smooth and soft materials on which figures are impressed.


  • Now food must be wrought on and altered by our natural powers; in dyeing, cloth of the most simple color takes the tincture soonest; the most inodorous oil is soonest by perfumes changed into an essence; and simple diet is soonest changed, and soonest yields to the digesting power.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • In the same sense in which hearing has for its object both the audible and the inaudible, sight both the visible and the invisible, smell has for its object both the odorous and the inodorous.

    On the Soul

  • Moreover, to take the case of metals, gold is inodorous because it is without taste, but bronze and iron are odorous; and when the [sapid] moisture has been burnt out of them, their slag is, in all cases, less odorous the metals [than the metals themselves].

    On Sense and the Sensible


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