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

Any time a coach/manager says his team tried really hard, that team stinks. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Is who the Reds have now better than who they've dumped?," 8 May 2018 But on any kind of asphalt, the Multistrada S just stinking rips, especially in the hands of an expert. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260 S: The Bike for a Bucket-List Ride," 21 Nov. 2018 The red tide has made breathing difficult for people, scared away tourists, and strewn popular beaches with the stinking carcasses of fish and other sea creatures. Kate Furby, The Seattle Times, "Red tide algae’s deadly toll on sea life has triggered a state of emergency in Florida," 14 Aug. 2018 Many Liverpool fans remain unhappy, however: The whole thing stinks of a cover up. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans React to PGMOL Statement Which Claims John Moss Was Correct to Award Spurs Penalty," 6 Feb. 2018 Their papers shed everywhere and peeling just one clove is enough to make my hands stink for the next 24 hours. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Peel a Whole Head of Garlic in No Time," 9 Nov. 2018 The letter said the bathrooms stink, the dining area fails legal standards and uncollected garbage lies rotting around bins. Fox News, "The Latest: Greek officials: Migrant camp a health hazard," 10 Sep. 2018 But a camper without black water won’t have as many opportunities to stink. Megan Barber, Curbed, "RV toilets: Why I’ll never have a bathroom in my camper," 1 Nov. 2018 Instead, the Knights took their unofficial mandate to stink and crushed it under the weight of all the NHL’s Zambonis. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How the Expansion Vegas Golden Knights Reached the Stanley Cup Finals," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Although the long-term costs to the economy and taxpayers were relatively light, the stink of political favors for an antiquated industry didn’t sit well with voters. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ and the bad luck of George H.W. Bush," 4 Dec. 2018 Republicans have not been making a big stink about Pruitt Trump is facing lots of pressure from Republicans on lots of different fronts. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Why does Scott Pruitt still have his job? 4 theories.," 6 June 2018 The couple wants to marry, but the vice president, who is depicted in the book as a green stink bug, forbids it. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: You’re Never Too Young to Take a Stand," 28 Dec. 2018 And Trump’s comments did nothing to clear up that stink. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s dishonest, incoherent defense of naming Matt Whitaker acting attorney general," 9 Nov. 2018 Privacy experts raised a stink and Google quickly promised to address the concerns. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Chrome 70 fixes Google's controversial sneaky sign-in policy, kind of," 17 Oct. 2018 Well, actually, Mr. President, there is quite a putrid stink emanating from various quarters in Washington this week. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: a Lingering Stench," 23 Sep. 2018 When the team loses, the stink finds its way to you. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Is It Time to Sell Your NFL Team?," 19 Aug. 2018 Like good sourdough bread, the best catfish hunters take pride in their stink bait creations and keep their ingredients secret. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The cats come out at night," 23 June 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
informal : 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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