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 Doolittle’s final playoff game with the A’s was a stinker. John Shea,, "As Giants search for new GM, Astros fiasco a reminder of what’s at stake," 26 Oct. 2019 There has, it must be said, also been the odd stinker., "Ranking Every Liverpool New Balance Kit as Reds Prepare to Switch to Nike," 29 Sep. 2019 Travolta was named Worst Actor by the 40th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, which poke fun at films considered to be the biggest stinkers of the year. Mary Colurso |, al, "John Travolta wins Razzie Award for 2 movies filmed in Alabama," 16 Mar. 2020 These are negative reviews, real stinkers, from visitors dissatisfied with the parks. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Wanted for genocide, &c.," 11 Mar. 2020 The Rams' defense consistently outplayed McVay's offense this season, but its bad games were stinkers. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Rams fire veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips," 6 Jan. 2020 One of the reasons Cassidy expected a full-go affair was the previous game: a Sunday stinker in Pittsburgh that saw the Bruins blow a three-goal lead. Matt Porter,, "Bruins finish up their work before leaving for vacation," 22 Jan. 2020 Last year’s pre-holiday game was a stinker, a sloppy 5-3 loss one year ago in Carolina., "Bruins celebrate 7-3 victory over Capitals - The Boston Globe," 24 Dec. 2019 Richard Morin, azcentral sports The Coyotes turned in a stinker in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at Gila River Arena. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes stumble in loss to struggling Maple Leafs," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stinker

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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31 May 2020

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“Stinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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