\ 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 When a cat decides to hit ‘em with her best shot (read: smelliest poo), even the toughest odor-obliterating litter is no match. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "20 things every cat owner needs from Chewy," 14 May 2020 Breakout the foosball table, the holiday armadillo, the traditional English trifle, and the smelly cats. Glamour, "The Friends Reunion Is Really Happening—Here’s Everything We Know," 13 May 2020 That is where industry and sewer overflow points came onto the map, creating polluted, smelly and often unsafe waterways. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Boundaries of 'redlining' maps still etched in Indianapolis neighborhoods," 2 May 2020 Be sure to change the water every day or so, or things will get slimy and smelly. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "There's No Better Time to... Regrow Your Scallions," 22 Apr. 2020 Methyl mercaptan, which is even smellier, might only take one reservoir to stink up the globe. Randall Munroe, New York Times, "What’s the World’s Worst Smell?," 17 Feb. 2020 Mackie Barch and a team of workers wore plastic sleeves and latex gloves to fend off the plants' sticky and smelly resin, clipping stalk after stalk in what industry experts said is the first such harvest in this part of the country. Erin Cox,, "The East Coast’s first outdoor, commercial cannabis harvest is underway," 8 Oct. 2019 Early attempts to mill those seeds resulted in oil that was unappealingly dark and smelly. Helen Zoe Veit, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Crisco Made Americans Believers in Industrial Food," 3 Feb. 2012 The researchers started by analyzing the smelly liquid secreted from male lemur’s wrist glands. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Horny lemurs use body odor as a pick-up line," 28 Apr. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Smelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of smelly

: having a bad smell


\ 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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