\ 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

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My mom did laundry for five kids, including four smelly boys, plus my dad. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "The Mom Moment That Made Me Really Appreciate My Own Mom," 30 Jan. 2012 From Oscar’s love of trash and smelly socks to Ernie’s refusal to part with his beloved rubber duckie for anything in the world, characters are unabashedly themselves. Michael Taube, WSJ, "Sesame Is a Two-Way Street," 10 Feb. 2019 Cheesy newlywed photos were taken in the smelly alley of a nearby seafood shop. Phoebe Lapine, Marie Claire, "How to Marry a Guy in Five Days," 18 Jan. 2019 Symptoms of an epidermoid cyst include a small, firm bump under the skin, a visible blackhead at the top of the bump, expulsion of a thick, yellow, smelly material, and possibly redness, swelling, and tenderness, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell If That Bump on Your Bikini Line Is an Ingrown Hair," 7 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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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