Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imperative Stunk.
  • noun Prov. Eng. & Scot. Water retained by an embankment; a pool of water.
  • noun Prov. Eng. A dam or mound to stop water.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the moor hen; -- called also stankie.
  • intransitive verb Obs. or Prov. Eng. To sigh.
  • adjective obsolete Weak; worn out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun UK, dialect Water retained by an embankment; a pool of water.
  • noun UK, dialect A dam or mound to stop water.
  • verb Simple past of stink.
  • adjective African American Vernacular, slang, derogatory Foul-smelling, stinking, unclean.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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

    Demos

  • 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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  • 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.

    Gone with the Wind

  • 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.

    Gone with the Wind

  • 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.

    Gone with the Wind

  • 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.

    Gone with the Wind

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

    Miss Mackenzie

  • 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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