malodorous

adjective 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 places
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malodorously

adverb

malodorousness

noun

Examples of malodorous in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of malodorous

1850

Synonym Discussion of malodorous

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

MALODOROUS Defined for English Language Learners

malodorous

adjective

Definition of malodorous for English Language Learners

  • : having a bad smell



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