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

  • adj. Having a bad odor; foul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a bad odor
  • adj. Highly improper.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Offensive to the sense of smell; ill-smelling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a bad or offensive odor, either literally or figuratively: as, a malodorous reputation.

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

  • adj. having an unpleasant smell


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