\ˈsme-lē \
smellier; smelliest

Definition of smelly 

: having a smell especially : malodorous smelly socks

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Examples of smelly in a Sentence

I don't like smelly cheese. your smelly sneakers are enough to raise the dead

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It’s been accused of mismanagement, nepotism, bad service and, most recently, providing brown, smelly water., "Today: The Tussles in Brussels," 12 July 2018 Lighting up a big smelly joint may, let’s hope, come to be seen as simply gauche. Robin Abrahams,, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018 Or, okay, just don’t be turned off by smelly products, says Hale, who swears by a very divisive toner to get clear skin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Lucy Hale Shares the One Anti-Aging Product That "Completely Changed" Her Skin," 13 June 2018 Keep a mint or piece of gum handy and avoid those smelly foods! 8. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "11 Mistakes to Avoid During a Hot Makeout Sesh," 12 June 2018 In response, photographers are revisiting techniques from the art’s earliest days to produce, once again, arresting and unique pictures from slow, smelly processes. The Economist, "Retro photography is in vogue," 2 June 2018 Sniffin’ Sticks’ that measured the level at which a person could detect a smelly chemical. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "The better your sense of smell, the more you enjoy sex, study suggests," 30 May 2018 Authorities said the children, for reasons still unclear, were starved for years and held captive in a dirty, smelly house in Perris, Calif. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Parents accused of torturing their 13 children face new charges," 24 Feb. 2018 The sky was empty — but as someone started scooping a smelly paste of beef fat into the water as bait, gulls appeared. Eric Boodman, STAT, "A career in biotech brought success. Then the birds came calling," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of smelly

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smelly was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of smelly

: having a bad smell


\ˈsme-lē \
smellier; smelliest

Kids Definition of smelly

: having an odor and especially a bad odor smelly sneakers

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