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malodorous

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adjective mal·odor·ous \-ˈō-də-rəs\

Simple Definition of malodorous

  • : having a bad smell

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of malodorous

  1. 1 :  having a bad odor

  2. 2 :  highly improper <malodorous practices and chicanery in high financial places — New Republic>

malodorously

adverb

malodorousness

noun

Examples of malodorous in a sentence

  1. <the cellar will need to be cleared of several malodorous, maggot-infested piles of garbage>



1850

First Known Use of malodorous

1850

Synonym Discussion of malodorous

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive <malodorous fertilizers>. stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting <prisoners were held in stinking cells> <the fetid odor of skunk cabbage>. noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive <a stagnant, noisome sewer>. putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter <the putrid smell of rotting fish>. rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell <rank cigar smoke>. fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age <a fusty attic> <the musty odor of a damp cellar>.


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