Definitions

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

  • n. A strong, foul odor; a stink.
  • n. A foul quality: the stench of corrupt government.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a strong foul smell, a stink
  • n. metaphorically, a foul quality
  • v. To cause to emit a disagreeable odour; to cause to stink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To stanch.
  • n. A smell; an odor.
  • n. An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink.
  • transitive v. To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ill smell; an offensive odor.
  • n. Synonyms Stink, etc. See smell.
  • To cause to emit a stench; cause to stink.
  • An obsolete variant of stanch.

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

  • n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English stenc, odor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English stenċ (Wiktionary)

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  • a pit of fear,
    a stench,
    hands unreasonable
    never to touch.

    - Robert Creeley, 'A Form of Women'.

    August 31, 2009

  • "Great God. The Stenche."

    October 7, 2008

  • He is here tonight,
    sixty one years old,
    at this moment crouched
    in the piss-stenched bogs
    weeping, and weeping.

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 4, 2008