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Definition of stinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : strong and offensive to the sense of smell stinking garbage
2 slang : offensively drunk
3 : contemptible, lousy often used as an intensive the whole stinking affair



Definition of stinking (Entry 2 of 2)

: to an extreme degree got stinking drunk

Other Words from stinking


stinkingly adverb

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malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. prisoners were held in stinking cells the fetid odor of skunk cabbage noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive. a stagnant, noisome sewer putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter. the putrid smell of rotting fish rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell. rank cigar smoke fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age. a fusty attic the musty odor of a damp cellar

Examples of stinking in a Sentence

Adjective Put out that stinking cigar. came home from their trip to find stinking garbage that had been left in the kitchen Adverb a huge, showy house that screams, “We're stinking rich!”
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First Known Use of stinking


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1887, in the meaning defined above

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