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stink

verb \ ˈstiŋk \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of stink

stank play \ˈstaŋk\ or stunk play \ˈstəŋk\; stunk; stinking
intransitive verb
1 :to emit a strong offensive odor
  • stank of urine
2 :to be offensive
  • the election stank of corruption
; also :to be in bad repute
3 :to possess something to an offensive degree
  • stinking with wealth
4 :to be extremely bad or unpleasant
  • the performance stank
  • that news really stinks

stinky

play \ˈstiŋ-kē\ adjective

Examples of stink in a Sentence

  1. The food is good at that restaurant, but the service stinks.

  2. Having a root canal stinks.

Recent Examples of stink from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of stink

Middle English, from Old English stincan; akin to Old High German stinkan to emit a smell

stink Synonyms

Synonyms
reek
Antonyms
rock [slang], rule [slang]
Related Words
exhale, savor (also savour), smell; decay, decompose, rot, spoil; disgust, offend, repulse, revolt

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stink

noun

Definition of stink

1 :a strong offensive odor :stench
2 :a public outcry against something :fuss
  • made a big stink when asked to leave

Examples of stink in a Sentence

  1. People raised a stink about the new law.

  2. He kicked up a stink about the way he'd been treated.

Recent Examples of stink from the Web

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First Known Use of stink

13th century



STINK Defined for English Language Learners

stink

verb

Definition of stink for English Language Learners

  • : to have a very bad smell

  • : to do something very poorly

  • : to be very low in quality


stink

noun

Definition of stink for English Language Learners

  • : a very bad smell

  • : a situation in which someone complains in a very angry and often public way


STINK Defined for Kids

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stink

verb \ ˈstiŋk \

Definition of stink for Students

stank \ˈstaŋk\ or stunk \ˈstəŋk\; stunk; stinking
1 :to give off or cause to have a strong unpleasant smell
  • The garbage stinks.
2 :to be very bad or unpleasant
  • That news really stinks.

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stink

noun

Definition of stink for Students

:a strong unpleasant smell


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