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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malodor, malodour, stench, stink, reek, fetor, foetor, mephitisverb

    a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

  2. stinkverb

    be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance

    "This term paper stinks!"

  3. reek, stinkverb

    smell badly and offensively

    "The building reeks of smoke"


  1. stinknoun

    A strong bad smell.

  2. stinknoun

    A complaint or objection.

    If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.

  3. stinknoun


  4. stinknoun

    A failure or unfortunate event.

    The concert was stink.

  5. stinkverb

    To have a strong bad smell.

  6. stinkverb

    To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.

    That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.

  7. stinkverb

    To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.

    Something stinks about the politician's excuses.

  8. Etymology: From stincan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stinknoun

    Offensive smell.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Those stinks which the nostrils straight abhor are not most pernicious, but such airs as have some similitude with man’s body, and so betray the spirits. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    They share a sin; and such proportions fall,
    That, like a stink, ’tis nothing to them all. Dryden.

    By what criterion do ye eat, d’ye think?
    If this is priz’d for sweetness, that for stink. Alexander Pope.

  2. To STINKverb

    Preterite I stunk or stank. To emit an offensive smell, commonly a smell of putrefaction.

    Etymology: stinian , Saxon; stincken, Dutch.

    John, it will be stinking law for his breath. William Shakespeare.

    When the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, they sent and hired Syrians. 2 Sam. x. 6.

    What a fool art thou, to leave thy mother for a nasty stinking goat? Roger L'Estrange.

    Most of smells want names; sweet and stinking serve our turn for these ideas, which is little more than to call them pleasing and displeasing. John Locke.

    Chloris, this costly way to stink give o’er,
    ’Tis throwing sweet into a common shore;
    Not all Arabia would sufficient be,
    Thou smell’st not of thy sweets, they stink of thee. George Granville.


  1. stink

    Stink is a highly unpleasant, repulsive, or offensive smell or odor. It can also be used colloquially to describe a situation, person or object that is extremely disliked or of poor quality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stinkverb

    to emit a strong, offensive smell; to send out a disgusting odor

  2. Stinkverb

    to cause to stink; to affect by a stink

  3. Stinknoun

    a strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench

  4. Etymology: [AS. stinkan to have a smell (whether good or bad); akin to OHG. stinchan, G. & D. stinken to stink; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. stkkva to leap, to spring, Goth. stigqan to push, strike, or Gr. rancid. Cf. Stench.]


  1. Stink

    The Replacements Stink is an EP by the band The Replacements, recorded at Blackberry Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 13, 1982, and released on June 24, 1982. Before the first track, "Kids Don't Follow", audio can be heard of the Minneapolis police breaking up a Replacements gig. It is possible by listening carefully to hear one of the audience members curse the police. The audience member in question is Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. The EP was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on April 22, 2008, with four additional tracks. The song "Kids Don't Follow" was made available as Rock Band 2 DLC on May 19, 2009.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stink

    stingk, v.i. to give out a strong, offensive smell: to have a bad reputation:—pa.t. stank; pa.p. stunk.—n. a disagreeable smell.—ns. Stink′ard, one who stinks: a base fellow: the stinking badger of Java; Stink′-ball, -pot, a ball or jar filled with a stinking, combustible mixture, used in boarding an enemy's vessel; Stink′er, one who, or that which, stinks; Stink′ing.—adv. Stink′ingly, in a stinking manner: with an offensive smell.—ns. Stink′stone, a variety of limestone remarkable for the fetid urinous odour which it emits when rubbed; Stink′-trap, a contrivance to prevent effluvia from drains; Stink′-wood, the wood of a Cape tree, remarkable for its strong offensive smell, durable, taking an excellent polish resembling walnut. [A.S. stincan.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stink in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of stink in a Sentence

  1. Rebecca West:

    Now different races and nationalities cherish different ideals of society that stink in each other's nostrils with an offensiveness beyond the power of any but the most monstrous private deed.

  2. Garry Porter:

    It's unsightly and unsanitary, it's a health issue and an environmental nightmare, i experienced the thrill and grandeur of Gorak Shep, but I also saw what happens when we, the Western world, leave, as if our waste doesn't stink.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    I've seen a lot of patriots and they all died just like anybody else if it hurt bad enough and once they were dead their patriotism was only good for legends; it was bad for their prose and made them write bad poetry. If you are going to be a great patriot i.e. loyal to any existing order of government (not one who wishes to destroy the existing for something better) you want to be killed early if your life and works won't stink.

  4. Coverage Ms. Honkala:

    It’s really a shame – this whole thing does stink, democrats and Republicans are like Pepsi and Coke. They listen to corporations and they don’t listen to anti-poverty activists.

  5. Seán O'Casey:

    The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood.

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