stench

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noun \ˈstench\

Definition of stench

  1. 1 :  stink

  2. 2 :  a characteristic repugnant quality

stenchful

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stenchy

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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

Origin and Etymology of stench

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


STENCH Defined for English Language Learners

stench

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noun \ˈstench\

Definition of stench for English Language Learners

  • : a very bad smell



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