mal·​odor·​ous | \-ˈō-də-rəs \

Definition of malodorous 

1 : having a bad odor a malodorous mixture of chemicals

2 : highly improper malodorous practices and chicanery in high financial placesNew Republic

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malodorously adverb
malodorousness noun

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fetid, foul, frowsty [chiefly British], frowsy (or frowzy), funky, fusty, musty, noisome, rank, reeking, reeky, ripe, smelly, stenchy, stinking, stinky, strong


ambrosial, aromatic, fragrant, perfumed, redolent, savory (also savoury), scented, sweet

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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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the cellar will need to be cleared of several malodorous, maggot-infested piles of garbage

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And many, despite their malodorous reputation, have delightfully fragrant little flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hardy Boxwood Hedges That Resist Blight," 25 July 2018 Pruitt may not have committed abominations, but his freewheeling, ethically obtuse management of his agency is a stinker too malodorous to ignore. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ethics first," 6 Apr. 2018 And many, despite their malodorous reputation, have delightfully fragrant little flowers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Plant These Hardy Boxwood Varieties To Avoid Boxwood Blight," 9 Mar. 2017 Redness, itchiness and/or pain, and a malodorous discharge are usually noted (which is why your vet smelled the ears). Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Dogs, cats often suffer common inflammatory ear condition | Miami Herald," 19 Apr. 2018 Though less-malodorous technologies have been developed and applied at Smithfield operations elsewhere, North Carolina operations haven’t changed, Kaeske said. Washington Post, "Lawsuit blames pork giant for noxious farm smells," 3 Apr. 2018 The final game of the Freeway Series ended in bizarre, malodorous fashion Tuesday as a pipe burst in 57-year-old Dodger Stadium and flooded the area near the Dodgers dugout. Andy Mccullough,, "Smelly liquid floods area of field at Dodger Stadium, ending the Angels-Dodgers game," 28 Mar. 2018 No one wants to be assaulted by a skunk’s malodorous secretions—if even the adorable acrobat regales you with a handstand first. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "How Glaciers Gave Us the Adorable, Handstanding Spotted Skunk," 5 May 2017 My mind flashed back to our stay in the austere Gir Forest guesthouse in India long ago, with its stifling mosquito netting, squeaky ceiling fan and malodorous toilet. Paul Boorstin,, "Hang out with the lions after dark during a sleepover at London Zoo," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of malodorous

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of malodorous was in 1850

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: having a bad smell

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