Definitions for smellsmɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

smell*smɛl(v.)smelled; smelt, smell•ing

  1. (v.t.)to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose by means of the olfactory nerves; inhale the odor of.

  2. to test by the sense of smell:

    He smelled the meat to see if it was fresh.

  3. to perceive, detect, or discover by shrewdness or sagacity:

    The detective smelled foul play.

  4. (v.i.)to perceive the odor or scent of something.

    Category: Physiology

  5. to give off or have an odor or scent.

  6. to have a particular odor or scent:

    to smell of fish.

  7. to give out an offensive odor; stink.

    Category: Physiology

  8. to have a trace or suggestion (fol. by of).

  9. to search or investigate (fol. by around or about).

  10. Informal. to be of inferior quality; stink.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  11. Informal. to appear to be guilty, corrupt, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  12. smell out, to look for or detect by or as if by smelling.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  13. smell up, to fill with an offensive odor; stink up.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. (n.)the sense of smell; faculty of smelling.

    Category: Physiology

  15. that quality of a thing that is or may be smelled; odor; scent.

  16. a trace or suggestion.

  17. an act or instance of smelling.

  18. a pervading appearance, character, quality, or influence:

    the smell of money.

Idioms for smell:

  1. smell a rat,to suspect that something is wrong.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See odor.

Origin of smell:

1125–75; early ME smell, smull (n.), smellen, smullen (v.), of obscure orig.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. smell, odor, odour, olfactory sensation, olfactory perception(noun)

    the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form

    "she loved the smell of roses"

  2. olfactory property, smell, aroma, odor, odour, scent(noun)

    any property detected by the olfactory system

  3. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell(noun)

    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

    "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"

  4. smell, sense of smell, olfaction, olfactory modality(noun)

    the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents

  5. smell, smelling(verb)

    the act of perceiving the odor of something

  6. smell(verb)

    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

  7. smell(verb)

    emit an odor

    "The soup smells good"

  8. smell(verb)

    smell bad

    "He rarely washes, and he smells"

  9. smack, reek, smell(verb)

    have an element suggestive (of something)

    "his speeches smacked of racism"; "this passage smells of plagiarism"

  10. smell, smell out, sense(verb)

    become aware of not through the senses but instinctively

    "I sense his hostility"; "i smell trouble"; "smell out corruption"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. smell(noun)ɛl

    the quality of sth that your nose perceives

    I don't like the smell of fish.; an herb with a fantastic smell

  2. smellɛl

    the natural ability to smell

    a highly developed sense of smell

  3. smellɛl

    an occasion when you smell sth

    Have a smell of this.

  4. smell(verb)ɛl

    to have a smell

    The room smelled damp.; They smelled like they had been smoking.; a cheese that smells of old socks

  5. smellɛl

    to notice the smell of sth through your nose

    I was sure I could smell smoke.; Did you smell his aftershave?

  6. smellɛl

    to have an unpleasant smell; = stink

    His bedroom really smells.


  1. smell(Noun)

    A sensation, pleasant or unpleasant, detected by inhaling air (or, the case of water-breathing animals, water) carrying airborne molecules of a substance.

    I love the smell of fresh bread.

  2. smell(Noun)

    The sense that detects odours.

  3. smell(Verb)

    To sense a smell or smells.

  4. smell(Verb)

    To have a particular smell, whether good or bad; if descriptive, followed by "like" or "of".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Smell(noun)

    to perceive by the olfactory nerves, or organs of smell; to have a sensation of, excited through the nasal organs when affected by the appropriate materials or qualities; to obtain the scent of; as, to smell a rose; to smell perfumes

  2. Smell(noun)

    to detect or perceive, as if by the sense of smell; to scent out; -- often with out

  3. Smell(noun)

    to give heed to

  4. Smell(verb)

    to affect the olfactory nerves; to have an odor or scent; -- often followed by of; as, to smell of smoke, or of musk

  5. Smell(verb)

    to have a particular tincture or smack of any quality; to savor; as, a report smells of calumny

  6. Smell(verb)

    to exercise the sense of smell

  7. Smell(verb)

    to exercise sagacity

  8. Smell(verb)

    the sense or faculty by which certain qualities of bodies are perceived through the instrumentally of the olfactory nerves. See Sense

  9. Smell(verb)

    the quality of any thing or substance, or emanation therefrom, which affects the olfactory organs; odor; scent; fragrance; perfume; as, the smell of mint

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Smell

    The ability to detect scents or odors, such as the function of OLFACTORY RECEPTOR NEURONS.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smell' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3803

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smell' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2408

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smell' in Nouns Frequency: #1374

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'smell' in Verbs Frequency: #629

Anagrams of smell

  1. Mells

Translations for smell

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the sense or power of being aware of things through one's nose

My sister never had a good sense of smell.

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