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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This is about a team with a top-10 payroll whose GM committed too stinking much of it to dogs that can’t, or won’t, pull the sled. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Keeler: Will Nolan Arenado be the straw that breaks Jeff Bridich’s back?," 22 Dec. 2019 Muttaiah said the man inside the stinking manhole was working without any safety equipment — no gloves, no shoes, no supplemental oxygen. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Down in the pits: Modi’s cleanliness drive has made little difference for those who toil in India’s sewers," 16 Dec. 2019 GothamGetty Images Aren't expectant parents Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee just so stinking cute? Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Said She Has an "Unspoken Chemistry" With Steve Kazee Ahead of the Birth of Their First Child," 3 Dec. 2019 Second, the Huskies covered the spread as the favorite one stinking time? Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: UConn football must open the 2019 season with more than a victory against Wagner," 29 Aug. 2019 The area included a stinking heap: years of goat dung in layers up to a foot thick. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Unprecedented' skull reveals face of human ancestor," 28 Aug. 2019 Man, that’s one crazy set of numbers, not to mention a stinking pile of horse manure, as the two long-revered defenders continue to make one sensational play after another . . Bruce Jenkins,, "Should robots be calling balls and strikes? Baseball wrestles with the answer," 19 July 2019 But his mechanics were already pretty stinking good. Robert Klemko,, "How One Agent Is Working to Strengthen Diversity in the NFL’s Head Coaching Ranks," 15 July 2019 Eventually, more fat, oil, and grease congeal onto the mess and build up into giant stinking globs. National Geographic, "Huge Blobs of Fat and Trash Are Filling the World’s Sewers," 16 Aug. 2017

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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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“Stinking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a very bad smell
informal used for emphasis when you are angry



English Language Learners Definition of stinking (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : very or extremely

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