stink

verb
\ ˈstiŋk \
stank\ˈstaŋk \ or stunk\ˈstəŋk \; stunk; stinking

Definition of stink 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to emit a strong offensive odor stank of urine

2 : to be offensive the election stank of corruption also : to be in bad repute

3 : to possess something to an offensive degree stinking with wealth

4 : to be extremely bad or unpleasant the performance stank that news really stinks

stink

noun

Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a strong offensive odor : stench

2 : a public outcry against something : fuss made a big stink when asked to leave

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Other words from stink

Verb

stinky \ˈstiŋ-kē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stink

Synonyms: Verb

reek

Synonyms: Noun

funk, reek, stench

Antonyms: Noun

aroma, fragrance, perfume

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Examples of stink in a Sentence

Verb

The food is good at that restaurant, but the service stinks. Having a root canal stinks.

Noun

People raised a stink about the new law. He kicked up a stink about the way he'd been treated.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Big pharma companies are raising prices because their ROI stinksBeyond the obvious profit motive in a relatively laissez-faire industry, why are big drug makers like Pfizer so keen on hiking prices despite the risk of major public blowback? Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 The commercial, which will air in the second quarter, features a young man with an extraordinary talent: his [bleep] literally doesn’t stink. Alan Siegel, Ad Meter, "What if your [bleep] didn't stink? Febreze's Super Bowl ad has the answer.," 25 Jan. 2018 The Royals stink right now, and Moore and the people who work for him are responsible for that. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Herrera's gone, what's next for Royals and worrisome about Chiefs," 19 June 2018 The big-league team stinks, but the real problem is that the minor-league system might be worse. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Royals' draft haul of five pitchers could be a nice start, but that's all," 4 June 2018 Few performance cars are refined enough — and big enough — to drop off the kids at school without rousing the PTA stink eye. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2017 Audi RS 7 Performance trim is overkill," 23 Aug. 2017 Every day, hundreds of stinking corpses choked the river and slowly floated downstream to the open sea. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Joanna of Naples," 3 July 2018 That stinks in our instant-gratification world, so the moments the Rangers provided Wednesday are the ones to enjoy in a tough season. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Why Beltre, Andrus were credited for coming up big Wednesday, too | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 The Cubs’ situational hitting stinks this year, even worse than last season. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Yeah, it's early, but the Cubs offense is already back to its inconsistent ways," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His career numbers for June stink: a 6-9 record in 18 starts with a 4.67 ERA and 1.349 WHIP. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018 Who’s from Pixar?: Flik, an ant, and Hopper, a grasshopper, are supplemented by Chili, a tarantula; the Terminte-ator; Weevil Kneevil; the Dung Beetle Brothers; and Claire de Room, a stink bug. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney World: A look at Pixar in the parks," 25 June 2018 In Parrish, townspeople are considering rescheduling children's softball games, or playing at fields in other communities to escape the stink. NBC News, "Stranded NYC 'poop train' has small-town Alabamians stinking mad," 18 Apr. 2018 In Parrish, townspeople are considering rescheduling children's softball games, or playing at fields in other communities to escape the stink. Jeff Martin And Jay Reeves, chicagotribune.com, "'It smells like death:' Alabama endures New York City 'poop train'," 17 Apr. 2018 That would be the department once run by McCall, the department that was unable to shake the stink of brutality and discrimination from its boots until well into the 1980s. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Statue of Confederate general is no 'piece of art,' has no place in Lake County museum," 1 July 2018 One scientist has warned that Istanbul will come to stink of bad eggs from hydrogen sulfide. New York Times, "A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree," 21 June 2018 At the end of issue #1, Nick Wilson — a former superhero now dealing with life after the sudden loss of his powers and the accompanying stink of failure and infamy — was called to a meeting with his former arch nemesis. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "WW #94: 'Rock Candy Mountain' ends with sweetness, laughs, heart," 23 Feb. 2018 When reporters raised a stink, the EPA said there was a limited capacity at the event on the first day and the second day of the event was for government officials only and did not constitute a public hearing. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The EPA’s increasing hostility toward the press, explained," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of stink

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stink

Verb

Middle English, from Old English stincan; akin to Old High German stinkan to emit a smell

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More Definitions for stink

stink

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have a very bad smell

: to do something very poorly

: to be very low in quality

stink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a very bad smell

: a situation in which someone complains in a very angry and often public way

stink

verb
\ ˈstiŋk \
stank\ˈstaŋk \ or stunk\ˈstəŋk \; stunk; stinking

Kids Definition of stink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give off or cause to have a strong unpleasant smell The garbage stinks.

2 : to be very bad or unpleasant That news really stinks.

stink

noun

Kids Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong unpleasant smell

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