stench

noun \ ˈstench \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of stench

1 : stink
2 : a characteristic repugnant quality

stenchful

play \ˈstench-fəl\ adjective

stenchy

play \ˈsten-chē\ adjective

Examples of stench in a Sentence

  1. the stench of rotting meat

  2. we finally discovered the dead rat that was causing the stench in the basement

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Origin and Etymology of stench

Middle English, from Old English stenc; akin to Old English stincan to emit a smell — more at stink


STENCH Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stench for English Language Learners

  • : a very bad smell



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