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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stink

stank

play \ˈstaŋk\ or

stunk

play \ˈstəŋk\

stunk

stinking

  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 in a sentence

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

  2. Having a root canal stinks.



Origin and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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



STINK Defined for Kids

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stink

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verb \ˈstiŋk\

Definition of stink for Students

stank

\ˈstaŋk\ or

stunk

\ˈstəŋk\

stunk

stinking

  1. 1 :  to give off or cause to have a strong unpleasant smell <The garbage stinks.>

  2. 2 :  to be very bad or unpleasant <That news really stinks.>




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stink

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noun

Definition of stink for Students

  1. :  a strong unpleasant smell





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