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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.

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. knits, skint, tinks

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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. Freddie Roach:

    Before training camp, somebody asked when was the last time I talked to him, and I said, ‘It’s been over two years,' 'You don’t talk over the phone?’ And I said, ‘We both (stink) on the phone. We’re both terrible phone people.’ He never calls me. I never call him. He does send me tapes of his workouts, which I appreciate, and I do call him on his birthday. I know his birthday. It might be the only one I know.

  2. Jeff Sessions:

    She ain't got no legs, we're about as close as peas and carrots. She's the best talker you've ever heard. They say she could sell stink to a skunk.

  3. 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.

  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. Nikki Logan:

    I think a lot of people are going to have a stink about it, but I think a lot of people are going to be really happy that they were in a environment with like-minded people who feel like they're making all the precautions they can do to stay safe, we all just need to stick tighter. There's no other way. We're not getting out of it any other way.

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