stink

verb
\ ˈstiŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \
stank\ ˈstaŋk How to pronounce stank (audio) \ or stunk\ ˈstəŋk How to pronounce stunk (audio) \; 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 How to pronounce stinky (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stink

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 One of those skills apparently is picking some movies that stink. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: Liam Neeson is thrilless in awful 'Honest Thief'," 13 Oct. 2020 Integrated graphics that didn’t stink actually started with Ryzen 3000, and continued with Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake and again with Ryzen 4000. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why laptop integrated graphics aren't terrible anymore," 24 Sep. 2020 Say goodbye to the leaks, stink, and mess around your trash with this innovative trash can. Popular Science, "PopSci’s three-day VIP annual sale 2020," 20 Sep. 2020 Die-hard fans have continued playing the original version all these years later, and Spelunky 2 offers fresher stuff specifically for the veteran audience, in ways that organically trickle down to anybody who might stink at the game. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spelunky 2 game review: Roguelike perfection," 19 Sep. 2020 The best way to guarantee your living room won’t stink is to avoid working out there. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Working out at home? Here’s how to keep your house from smelling like a gym.," 3 Sep. 2020 There's more than a dash of Legally Blonde and a full handful of Veronica Mars here, mixed with a steady drip of quippy reminders that girls' bodies can stink, too. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Teenage Bounty Hunters': TV Review," 14 Aug. 2020 And potentially not being able to have that would (stink). Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Is it irresponsible for Rockies to invite fans to biggest sports party of year on same Denver streets unsafe for St. Patrick’s Day parade?," 11 Mar. 2020 His job had been to excavate the bomb shelters and basements to remove the rotting corpses before the entire city started to stink of human putrefaction. Rachel Lance, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Explosive Theory About What Doomed the Crew of the ‘Hunley’," 10 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And a stubborn hope that the stink could be blown out of the room. Washington Post, "Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings," 13 Oct. 2020 Led by Gabe Kapler and Mike Yastrzemski, the Giants would be the team most likely to raise a stink about American voters getting hosed in Texas. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Rx for the 2020 blues ’n’ blahs: cowhide pills, dispensed by Bay Area writer," 2 Oct. 2020 On the slopes of Gorubun, there was no stink of something burning, and the pastures seemed green and peaceful. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Leigh Bardugo's short story collection, The Lives of Saints," 2 Oct. 2020 The science of stink is complex—but Horenziak and his colleagues at P&G have spent years developing a solution. Popular Science, "What Makes Things Stink?," 18 Sep. 2020 The backpack is part of Tracksmith’s Run Commute collection, designed to get runners to and from the office—or wherever, in these weird times—in comfort, in style, and in a (relatively) stink-free state. Sunset Magazine, "This Tracksmith x Mission Workshop Backpack Has Us off and Running," 8 Sep. 2020 At the start of the experiment, the muck was saturated with hydrogen sulfide—the source of the sediment’s stink and color. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 The most valuable floors in a building were no longer those near the ground, but the ones at the top, away from the stink and noise of the street. Tom Standage, The Economist, "Rewind Covid-19 is changing lift etiquette," 17 Aug. 2020 But back in the stink of Oscar’s room there are no signs of extraterrestrial life from Rodney or Ben, just the normal geek routine as Oscar rolls on his belly and returns to his midday nap. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of stink was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stink. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for stink

stink

verb
How to pronounce stink (audio)

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

stink

verb
\ ˈstiŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \
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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