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 Another stinker might mean more playing time - and more razzing from teammates who talked some good-natured trash after Wednesday’s practice. Eric Branch,, "For 49ers’ Garoppolo, different results in a different state," 16 Aug. 2019 The first week of Big Ten football produced some blowouts, some stinkers and some unsettling victories. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 1, including a possible QB competition at Michigan. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 1 Sep. 2019 But without Brogdon, there will be more playoff pressure on Bledsoe — coming off his second straight postseason stinker — as well as Hill and Matthews, both 33 years old at the start of the season. 2. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "NBA power rankings: After wild summer, race for title wide open," 16 July 2019 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 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 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 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 This is tough—3,500 holes of golf to choose from, and few outright stinkers. David Weiss, Newsweek, "Nomad’s Land: The Smart Traveler’s Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona," 20 Sep. 2015

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First Known Use of stinker

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Sep 2019

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The first known use of stinker was in 1602

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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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