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

Definition of smelly

: having a smell especially : malodorous smelly socks

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 And finally, oil is just too smelly, ethically and environmentally, for the dainty noses of American readers. Helon Habila, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 And there’s no smelly food rotting in my kitchen trash can. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 However, periods of east winds, which have been frequent in late May and early June, increase the deposition of the smelly fish along the Wisconsin shore. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2022 The overabundance of the algae is considered to be linked to pollution and climate change—and is a smelly and quite visible showcase of the changes that are transforming the face of the Earth rather quickly. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 28 June 2022 Their specialized home ground, such as Florida’s Everglades, is smelly and muddy. Annie Proulx, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The armpits are particularly prone to unwanted odor due to the proliferation of smelly bacteria that thrive in sweaty, warm environments. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 Take advantage of Blu Atlas’ affordable pricing and never suffer through a smelly day again. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Vanicream works as a hybrid of your classic, reliable antiperspirant and ultra-sensitive natural deodorant for a potent solution to your smelly armpit problem. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of smelly

1862, in the meaning defined above

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8 Aug 2022

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“Smelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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