: having a very bad smell

—used for emphasis when you are angry

Full Definition of STINKING

:  strong and offensive to the sense of smell <stinking garbage>
slang :  offensively drunk
:  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>

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>.



: very or extremely

Full Definition of STINKING

:  to an extreme degree <got stinking drunk>

Examples of STINKING

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

First Known Use of STINKING



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