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

  • adj. Having a foul smell; fetid.
  • adj. Slang Drunk; intoxicated.
  • adv. Slang Used as an intensive: stinking rich.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a pungent smell.
  • adj. Very bad and undesirable.
  • v. Present participle of stink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from stink, v.

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

  • adj. offensively malodorous
  • adj. very bad


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  • You had indicated before that -- and you used the term stinking drunk when she was initially arrested -- but when she was arrested, she had .08 alcohol.

    CNN Transcript May 4, 2007

  • In the end, Collins's Wednesday night rant to the media—has any public speaker used the word "stinking" to more memorable effect?

    Collins as a Communicator

  • He referred in letters home, when he first got here in May of 1831, to what he called the stinking arrogance of Americans, the fact that halfway through a conversation with you they insist on, you know, spitting some long stream of tobacco juice into the corner of the room or that they'd shake hands with you as though they'd known you for 10 years, and so on and so on.

    Introduction Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America

  • On Thursday, Becca and Josie came up from St. Catharines and Burlington, respectively, and we ate lots of barbecued ribs and chicken and drank beer (in stinking hot temperatures) at my house and then headed off to Bluesfest to catch some acts.

    Archive 2010-07-01

  • Crist, Greer, Thrasher, the state GOP … … This fish is stinking from the head down.

    1Q 2010: Crist raises 1.1 million to Rubio’s 3.6. | RedState

  • They are better off dead than alive in stinking “Gitmo.”

    Think Progress » Malkin On Detainee Suicides: ‘Boo-Freakin-Hoo’

  • Be prepared to drag it through about 100 yards of lirio in stinking water and, whatever you do, don't tip over or you will emerge resembling something from Motel Hell.

    boat isse, once again

  • There’s a big difference between a homeless guy sitting on a sidewalk or a park bench and a homeless guy on a bus or train stinking up half of a car.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Case for Free Transit

  • We do the dirty jobs: the ohs the press call stinking and underhanded.

    Final Resting Place of The Pen

  • Later Clinton would write a long op-ed piece on the reasons, but the reason seemed obvious to observers: the fugitive financier was what just plain folks call stinking rich, and his ex-wife had given nearly a half-million dollars to Clinton's presidential library.

    The Highest Road


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