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

bite [slang], smell, suck [slang]

Synonyms: Noun

funk, reek, stench

Antonyms: Verb

rock [slang], rule [slang]

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

So, yes, Cubs fans, the Capitals are the perfect team for you next week or until your team stops stinking it up or until the wonks make the Machado move. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals are the perfect team for Cubs fans until their baseball club stops stinking," 24 May 2018 An unhappy quarterback disenchanted with life off the field might stink it up on Sunday because his life is miserable and full of distractions. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Answering the Crucial Question for Each Top Quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft," 4 Apr. 2018 That’s a priority for a team that stunk it up statistically, finishing last among 32 teams in total defense, allowing an average of 378.1 yards per game. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Buccaneers need to add fortitude to rinse away 2017's reality-show horror," 26 Mar. 2018 Towel-dry down to the skin to prevent mildew stink or hot spots. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Hiking or camping with your dogs? How to keep them safe," 11 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 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

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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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