\ ˈstiŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \
stank\ ˈstaŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \ or stunk\ ˈstəŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \; stunk; stinking

Definition of stink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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stinky \ ˈstiŋ-​kē How to pronounce stink (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stink

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of stink in a Sentence

Verb The food is good at that restaurant, but the service stinks. Having a root canal stinks. Noun People raised a stink about the new law. He kicked up a stink about the way he'd been treated.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Toyota and Lexus had a problem with dashboards that would crack, melt, ooze and stink in extremely hot weather. Ray Magliozzi, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 The defense continues to stink it up with a remade offensive line in front of Derek Carr struggling to come together. Vincent Frank, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Rely on a Carolina rig baited with fresh shrimp — not pre-cooked — has been the key bait, but night crawlers, stink baits and cut shad are productive. cleveland, 1 July 2021 Amorphophallus titanum, also called corpse flowers, can grow up to 10 feet tall and stink like rotting flesh, though the smell is clearly not enough to keep crowds away. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 The merino adds a softness that’s missing from Surpass and fights stink better, too. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2021 Ahlers said the response in her neighborhood has been mostly positive, but noted some naysayers on Facebook have raised concerns about traffic or made crude comments, such as suggesting the bison would make the area stink. Bill Ruthhart,, 29 Apr. 2021 The departure was pre-planned but the optics stink. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 10 Apr. 2021 Which is a long way of saying TML very likely will stink today. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Further Reading Remember when North Carolinians raised a stink about an increasingly popular car modification dubbed the Carolina Squat? Annie White, Car and Driver, 3 Sep. 2021 To combat disposal stink, recommendations vary from fresh or frozen peels to wedges or quarters of lemon. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Sep. 2021 These Skura Style sponges dry in no time, eliminating the stink. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2021 One hopes Gyllenhaal has someone on wait-for-the-stink duty as well. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Apocrine glands become active at puberty and are primarily responsible for turning armpits into stink zones from adolescence onward. Sarah Everts, Time, 21 July 2021 Instead of crushing stink bugs like you might be compelled to do with another creepy-crawly pests, refrain... Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 15 July 2021 Our Wildfire Season From Hell could grow worse and widespread blackouts could have voters sweating in their homes amid the stink of rotting, unrefrigerated food. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 19 July 2021 Read about Amazon's Hollywood ambitions here, Netflix losing its cool here, and the futuristic stink of Amazon's sci-fi here. Jason Parham, Wired, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of stink


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stink


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

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English Language Learners Definition of stink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have a very bad smell
: to do something very poorly
: to be very low in quality



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

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


\ ˈstiŋk How to pronounce stink (audio) \
stank\ ˈstaŋk \ or stunk\ ˈstəŋk \; stunk; stinking

Kids Definition of stink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong unpleasant smell

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