stink·​er | \ˈstiŋ-kər \

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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Synonyms for stinker


bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, snake, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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Examples of stinker in a Sentence

He is a dirty little stinker. a real stinker of a performance

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But then there were stinkers like the 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 on home ice, as well as the 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in 2013. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "'The biggest game of our life': Capitals brace for Game 7 vs. Lightning," 23 May 2018 Toronto's DeMar DeRozan completed his total stinker of a series by earning an ejection with 23.6 seconds left in the third quarter for whacking Jordan Clarkson in the head on Clarkson's breakaway layup. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers back in Eastern Finals after finishing off another Raptors sweep, 128-93 in Game 4," 7 May 2018 Good starting pitching is contagious, as the starters don't want to be the one who lets the rotation down with a stinker. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Youngsters keep composure after ninth-inning collapse | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 The result was the biggest stinker of the season for the Brewers, who did very little on either side of the ball in a 9-0 whipping at Miller Park that kept the 38,285 quiet from start to finish. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 9, Brewers 0: Pittsburgh's Kuhl dominates Milwaukee ... again," 6 May 2018 Fergie and Josh Duhamel's son, Axl, also dressed as a little stinker. Brie Schwartz, Redbook, "Kim Kardashian's Halloween Costume Proves She's Just Like Us," 3 Nov. 2014 His encore performance was a stinker: eight runs on nine hits with four walks and 46 balls to only 44 strikes in three-plus innings. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: 'Big Sexy' provides only good news for Rangers on lousy day | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 10 Apr. 2018 Pruitt may not have committed abominations, but his freewheeling, ethically obtuse management of his agency is a stinker too malodorous to ignore. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Ethics first," 6 Apr. 2018 But Florida goalies Roberto Luongo and James Reimer have sprinkled in stinkers among their shutouts during the recent downturn. Matthew Defranks,, "How Panthers' hard-charging playoff push hit a wall," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stinker

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of stinker was in 1602

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English Language Learners Definition of stinker

: a person or thing that is disliked

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

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noxious or harmful

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