stink·​er | \ ˈstiŋ-kər How to pronounce stinker (audio) \

Definition of stinker

1a : an offensive or contemptible person
b : one that stinks
c : something of very poor quality also : dud sense 2a the movie is a stinker
2 : any of several large petrels that have an offensive odor
3 slang : something extremely difficult the examination was a real stinker

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Examples of stinker in a Sentence

He is a dirty little stinker. a real stinker of a performance
Recent Examples on the Web The question was whether the Dodgers would give those 500 fans in vaccination nation something to high-five strangers about or turn in another stinker, prompting folks to leave early and give new meaning to the term touch-and-go. Steve Henson Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "Fernando Tatis Jr. homers twice again, but Dodgers rally and Kenley Jansen hangs on," 24 Apr. 2021 James Harden followed up his brilliant, 42-minute, 40-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound performance on Wednesday in Indiana with a rare stinker on Friday in Orlando. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, "Brooklyn Nets Guard Spencer Dinwiddie Could Be Dealt By March 25 Trade Deadline," 20 Mar. 2021 Last year might've been a massive stinker for the film industry in general, and in keeping with tradition, the 2021 Razzie Awards have added insult to injury. Joey Nolfi,, "Robert Downey Jr., Kate Hudson, and Anne Hathaway deemed among the worst performers of the year by Razzies," 12 Mar. 2021 As the girls are playing the game, there is not a stinker in the bunch, except, well, for the comedy queens, Lawrence and Tia. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Recap: Playing the Price," 19 Feb. 2021 Or Kevin Lankinen, who sandwiched two gems in net for the Blackhawks (66 saves on 69 shots) around a stinker against the Blue Jackets on Thursday. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "NHL Central Division Misery Index: Roses are Red (Wings), Jackets are Blue," 15 Feb. 2021 That episode aired months before New Line Cinema dumped a stinker of a film, titled Dungeons & Dragons, into theaters worldwide—arguably to cash-in on Lord of the Rings fever, though not successfully. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Twenty years later, Dungeons & Dragons gets another movie adaptation," 14 Dec. 2020 Wonder if Fleck will read his team that children’s book about pooping again after this stinker? Star Tribune, "Gophers football team is badly overmatched by Iowa," 13 Nov. 2020 Which makes sense considering the Beacon Hill resident walked in the little stinker’s shoes. René A. Guzman,, "Striped skunks: these little stinkers also help keep pests under control around San Antonio homes and are sweet and docile," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of stinker

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Apr 2021

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“Stinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stinker

somewhat old-fashioned : a person or thing that is disliked
: something (such as a book or film) that is very bad

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