smellier; smelliest
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smelly was in 1862

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“Smelly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


smellier; smelliest
: having a smell and especially a bad smell
smelly socks

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