stinker

noun stink·er \ ˈstiŋ-kər \
|Updated on: 1 Jun 2018

Definition of stinker

1 a : an offensive or contemptible person
b : one that stinks
c : something of very poor quality; also : dud 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

Examples of stinker in a Sentence

  1. He is a dirty little stinker.

  2. a real stinker of a performance

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First Known Use of stinker

1602

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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STINKER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stinker for English Language Learners

  • : a person or thing that is disliked

  • : something (such as a book or film) that is very bad



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