stink·ing | \ˈstiŋ-kiŋ \

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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Other Words from stinking


stinkingly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for stinking

Synonyms: Adjective

fetid, foul, funky, fusty, malodorous, musty, noisome, rank, reeking, reeky, ripe, smelly, stinky, strong

Antonyms: Adjective

ambrosial, aromatic, fragrant, perfumed, redolent, savory (also savoury), scented, sweet

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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


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


a huge, showy house that screams, “We're stinking rich!”
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Robles, who had also become sick, took breaks in between fretting and helping her fellow residents — to vomit in the grass outside her stinking home. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, "Recovering from Harvey when ‘you already live a disaster every day of your life’," 5 Sep. 2017 London sewer workers who coined the term for the stinking mass need to use shovels and high-pressure hoses to blast it apart. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Giant fat blobs, known as fatbergs, are the scourge of London's aging sewers," 3 Nov. 2017 On Jan. 27, the sun came out, and by early February the floodwaters had receded, leaving behind a wretched, stinking muck. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "There's hope for Houston in the story of Louisville's Great Flood of 1937," 28 Aug. 2017 The subject cries out for more social analysis, rather than simple recitation of what people did to protect themselves and their families from the stinking reality of urban life. Melissa Davis, The Seattle Times, "‘Smell Detectives’: Meet the people who combated the stench of urban decay," 14 Aug. 2017 Biological solutions are used regularly for invasives: salmon ate the stinking alewives wrecking our beaches and became a cornerstone of the ecosystem and lake economy. Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press, "How a beetle can protect hemlock trees from Great Lakes invader HWA," 5 Aug. 2017 Trump is Average Joe except filthy stinking rich, i.e., a winner. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Donald Trump’s Biggest Mistake Might Have Been Getting Elected," 19 June 2017 Trump is Average Joe except filthy stinking rich, i.e., a winner. Lili Anolik, Vanities, "Donald Trump’s Biggest Mistake Might Have Been Getting Elected," 19 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of stinking

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a very bad smell

—used for emphasis when you are angry



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

: very or extremely

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