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stink

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intransitive verb \ˈstiŋk\

Simple Definition of stink

  • : to have a very bad smell

  • : to do something very poorly

  • : to be very low in quality

Full Definition of stink

stank play \ˈstaŋk\ or stunk play \ˈstəŋk\ stunkstink·ing

  1. 1 :  to emit a strong offensive odor <stank of urine>

  2. 2 :  to be offensive <the election stank of corruption>; also :  to be in bad repute

  3. 3 :  to possess something to an offensive degree <stinking with wealth>

  4. 4 :  to be extremely bad or unpleasant <the performance stank> <that news really stinks>

stinky play \ˈstiŋ-kē\ adjective

Examples of stink

  1. The food is good at that restaurant, but the service stinks.

  2. Having a root canal stinks.



Origin of stink

Middle English, from Old English stincan; akin to Old High German stinkan to emit a smell


First Known Use: before 12th century


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stink

noun

Simple Definition of stink

  • : a very bad smell

  • : a situation in which someone complains in a very angry and often public way

Full Definition of stink

  1. 1 :  a strong offensive odor :  stench

  2. 2 :  a public outcry against something :  fuss <made a big stink when asked to leave>

Examples of stink

  1. People raised a stink about the new law.

  2. He kicked up a stink about the way he'd been treated.



13th Century

First Known Use of stink

13th century




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