\ 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 This almost-kinship with a smelly, solitary and insanely buff bipedal ape puts it on our level of understanding. Washington Post, "‘Sasquatch’: 3 takeaways from the new true-crime series on the folkloric beast," 20 Apr. 2021 Baking soda reacts with various smelly compounds, effectively neutralizing them. Lauren Corona,, "How to clean a foam mattress," 11 Apr. 2021 Like smelly bread crumbs, the branching communication lines guided far-off honey bees back to the queen’s location—a feat no single bee could achieve alone. Nikk Ogasa, Science | AAAS, "Honey bees rally to their queen via ‘game of telephone’," 9 Apr. 2021 As Laura Cumming reports for the Guardian, the choice of 17th-century Dutch artwork as the subject of a smelly exhibition is fitting. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Don’t Just Look at These Paintings—Smell Them Too, Says New Dutch Exhibition," 18 Mar. 2021 Our fridges and freezers can be a crystal-clear, clean area where our perishables thrive… or a smelly mess. Lindsay Tigar, CNN Underscored, "18 Amazon products that help create the organized kitchen of your dreams," 19 Feb. 2021 In botanic gardens around the world, the reproductive future of the famously smelly plant is threatened. Doug Johnson, Wired, "Can This Group Revive the Finicky Corpse Flower?," 16 Jan. 2021 Fortunately, Miss Manners finds that that distance also helps with the smelly food rule — in the very likely event that it gets broken. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Missing watch creates a dilemma," 4 Dec. 2020 At the same time, Hamblin details his voyage into a showerless life, which was not without a very smelly, greasy adjustment period. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Science Books of 2020," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of smelly

1862, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Smelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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