noun \ˈstench\

: a very bad smell

Full Definition of STENCH

:  stink
:  a characteristic repugnant quality
stench·ful \-fəl\ adjective
stenchy \ˈsten-chē\ adjective

Examples of STENCH

  1. the stench of rotting meat
  2. <we finally discovered the dead rat that was causing the stench in the basement>

Origin of STENCH

Middle English, from Old English stenc; akin to Old English stincan to emit a smell — more at stink
First Known Use: before 12th century


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