\ 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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After the smelly people put the product on, odor-protection performance is evaluated, Torres says. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 Prevention Is the Trick A dog should get a full physical, including a thorough dental cleaning, if it is often stricken with a smelly mouth, at least once a year. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Is There a Cure for My Dog’s Bad Breath?," 10 Oct. 2018 There was meat and blood and guts and smelly stuff. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Silicon Valley Style Gets an Upgrade With the Newest Jeffrey Boutique," 30 Aug. 2018 If summer humidity has been activating sweat glands in the immediate vicinity, then perhaps Panasonic's latest invention will be of interest: a shoe deodorizer that gets rid of smelly orders overnight. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Is the Gadget to Blast the Stink Out of Your Shoes," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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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