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stinking

adjective stink·ing \ ˈstiŋ-kiŋ \

Definition of stinking

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

stinkingly

adverb

Examples of stinking in a Sentence

  1. Put out that stinking cigar.

  2. came home from their trip to find stinking garbage that had been left in the kitchen

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First Known Use of stinking

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Synonym Discussion of stinking

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

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stinking

adverb

Definition of stinking

: to an extreme degree
  • got stinking drunk

Examples of stinking in a Sentence

  1. a huge, showy house that screams, “We're stinking rich!”

First Known Use of stinking

1887

in the meaning defined above

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STINKING Defined for English Language Learners

stinking

Definition of stinking for English Language Learners

  • : having a very bad smell

  • —used for emphasis when you are angry


stinking

Definition of stinking for English Language Learners

  • : very or extremely



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