Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To emit a strong foul odor.
  • intransitive verb To be of an extremely low or bad quality.
  • intransitive verb To be in extremely bad repute.
  • intransitive verb To be morally offensive or have the appearance of dishonesty or corruption.
  • intransitive verb To have something to an extreme or offensive degree.
  • intransitive verb To cause to stink.
  • noun A strong offensive odor; a stench. synonym: stench.
  • noun Slang A scandal or controversy.
  • idiom (make/raise) To make a great fuss.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A strong offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
  • noun Hell, regarded as a region of sulphurous smells (or of infamy?).
  • noun A disagreeable exposure.
  • noun Synonyms Stench, etc. See smell.

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

  • transitive verb To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.
  • intransitive verb To emit a strong, offensive smell; to send out a disgusting odor.
  • noun A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.
  • noun See under Fire.
  • noun See under Lance.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Local, U.S.] the musk turtle.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Local, U.S.] the gizzard shad.
  • noun a stench trap. See under Stench.

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

  • verb intransitive To have a strong bad smell.
  • verb intransitive, informal To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
  • verb intransitive To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
  • noun A strong bad smell.
  • noun informal A complaint or objection.
  • noun slang chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
  • noun slang, New Zealand A failure or unfortunate event.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, to emit a smell.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English stincan.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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?

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