Definition of stank

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense of stink


noun (1)
\ ˈstaŋk How to pronounce stank (audio) \

Definition of stank (Entry 2 of 3)

1 dialectal British
a : pond, pool
b : a ditch containing water
2 British : a small dam : weir


plural stanks

Definition of stank (Entry 3 of 3)

informal : a strong offensive odor : stink, stench Now, think about your yoga mat. … For a dog, it is a smelly, hormone-drenched B.O. sponge. And, because they love you, they love your stank.— Kate Cherkis … he planned to get high, not to tackle the stank that lurks in most college apartments.— Chuck Dean

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Synonyms for stank

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of stank in a Sentence

Noun (1) the Scottish innkeeper advised swimming in the nearby stank only if the prospect of hypothermia seemed appealing

First Known Use of stank

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1996, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stank

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French estank, stanc, from estancher to dam up, stanch — more at stanch

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The first known use of stank was in the 14th century

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“Stank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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