smelly

adjective
\ ˈsme-lē How to pronounce smelly (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Most aromas, including the smelly essential oils found in fruits, nuts, spices, and herbs, are physically incapable of dissolving in water and are most effectively captured in fats and oils. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019 Shaking out the equipment bag, smelly socks and all, following the Bruins’ 5-1 thrashing of the Sharks Tuesday night that left the Black and Gold with the NHL’s No. 1 goal scorer and top goalie. BostonGlobe.com, "Shaking out the equipment bag, smelly socks and all, following the Bruins’ 5-1 thrashing of the Sharks Tuesday night that left the Black and Gold with the NHL’s No. 1 goal scorer and top goalie.," 31 Oct. 2019 Generally, people are considerate of smelly food and the like during the lunchtime rush. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: I want my ex to get sober — just not at my meeting," 18 Oct. 2019 The blowfly larvae found mingled with the bones might explain that hasty treatment: the bodies would have been in the smelliest stages of decomposition when burial finally happened. Wired, "Mass Graves in Russia Tell the Grim Story of Mongol Invasion," 13 Sep. 2019 Alaska Fairbanks: An accidental release of a smelly nontoxic chemical commonly added to propane and natural gas to give them a fragrance that can be detected caused multiple people to report a gas leak in downtown Fairbanks. USA TODAY, "Pooch hit by car goes for ride, manatee rescued, unusual toilet paper roller: News from around our 50 states," 1 Nov. 2019 The garage is a fine option for balls, sticks, pads and other large (and often smelly) items that are brought home in between practices and games. Nicole Anzia, Washington Post, "So many kids’ sports, so little space," 23 Oct. 2019 Fortunately, that smelly stew — imagine rotten eggs mixed with blood, feces and a dollop of garlic — has vanished on the winds of history. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago smells like weed. And it’s not even legal yet.," 11 Oct. 2019 Breaking Bad brought the messy, smelly process of cooking methamphetamine into American households with its depiction of a high school chemistry teacher who begins making the stuff after a terminal cancer diagnosis. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Home buyers, beware: Contamination from cooking meth can linger for years," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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2 Jan 2020

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“Smelly.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smelly. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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smelly

adjective
How to pronounce smelly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of smelly

: having a bad smell

smelly

adjective
\ ˈsme-lē How to pronounce smelly (audio) \
smellier; smelliest

Kids Definition of smelly

: having an odor and especially a bad odor smelly sneakers

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