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stinking

adjective

Simple Definition of stinking

  • : having a very bad smell

  • —used for emphasis when you are angry

Full Definition of stinking

  1. 1 :  strong and offensive to the sense of smell <stinking garbage>

  2. 2 slang :  offensively drunk

  3. 3 :  contemptible, lousy —often used as an intensive <the whole stinking affair>

stink·ing·ly adverb

Examples of stinking

  1. Put out that stinking cigar.

  2. <came home from their trip to find stinking garbage that had been left in the kitchen>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of stinking

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of stinking

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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stinking

adverb

Simple Definition of stinking

  • : very or extremely

Full Definition of stinking

  1. :  to an extreme degree <got stinking drunk>

Examples of stinking

  1. <a huge, showy house that screams, We're stinking rich!>



1887

First Known Use of stinking

1887




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