Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
Word Combinations (verb, noun), Word History
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: stinks, stinking, stank, stunk
definition 1: to emit or exude a strong and offensive odor.
The dog rolled in something dead, and now he stinks.His breath stinks of beer and onions.
similar words:
reek, smell
definition 2: to be loathsome, abhorrent, or highly offensive.
The corruption in this town stinks!
definition 3: (informal) to be of very low quality.
He loves to sing, but, unfortunately, his singing stinks.
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause to have an offensive odor (often fol. by "up").
Cigar smoke stank up the room.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a strong, unpleasant or offensive odor; stench.
There was an awful stink of mold in the house.
similar words:
reek, stench
definition 2: (informal) a great fuss.
They made a stink over the issue.
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Word History
In Old English, stink meant "to give off a smell (of any kind)." By 1200, only a strong and offensive smell was called a "stink."