stink

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

stink

noun

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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Other Words from stink

Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for stink

Synonyms: Verb

reek

Synonyms: Noun

funk, reek, stench

Antonyms: Noun

aroma, fragrance, perfume

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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

It is also known to stink, which unfortunately might attract some animals. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: How to Protect Your Dog from Toxic Algae," 14 Aug. 2019 Others said good riddance, because that blower design stank anyway. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nope, AMD didn't kill its reference Radeon 5700 cards barely a month after introducing them," 9 Aug. 2019 Toxic algae often stink, sometimes producing a downright nauseating smell, yet animals may be attracted to the smell and taste of them, according to the EPA. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands officials: No blue-green algae in township ponds, lakes," 15 Aug. 2019 Now, does that stink for a guy that's 86 to 88 and can really command it? Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Walker Buehler Has the Arm, Arsenal and Attitude to Be a Star," 13 Aug. 2019 In those days, many bag men turned up at tournaments stinking of booze. Matt Majendie, CNN, "The Open 2019: Why a sense of humor and rhino-like skin are crucial for caddies," 16 July 2019 The usual culprits were blamed in what has become an annual bout of soul-searching: HDTVs give fans a better view of the game, stadium WiFi stinks, tickets and parking are too expensive, students care less about their schools’ teams, etc. nola.com, "$2 beers! $1 hot dogs! Louisiana Lafayette football sets new standard for concession prices," 29 June 2019 Leaning back in a chair in his office on Sunday morning, Scott Servais was asked if Saturday’s stink still lingered 12 hours later. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Back-to-back homers lift Mariners over streaking Twins in series finale," 19 May 2019 Toxic algae often stink, sometimes producing a downright nauseating smell, yet animals may be attracted to the smell and taste of them, according to the EPA. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands officials: No blue-green algae in township ponds, lakes," 15 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

By following the above advice, gym clothing stink should become a terror of the past. Wendy Rose Gould, NBC News, "How to get the smell out of gym clothes," 11 Sep. 2019 The previous EcoDiesel, however, has been at the center of some legal/customer-satisfaction stink concerning emissions controls and corrective steps since the engine debuted in the United States a half-dozen years ago. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Ram EcoDiesel is strong, silent, but how fuel-stingy will it be?," 6 Sep. 2019 Your team is going to flat-out stink this year and that’s both — the good news and the bad. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten national reactions to the Dolphins’ strategy and season," 5 Sep. 2019 If Garoppolo practices well and performs in his limited preseason snaps against that defense, the stink from Wednesday’s practice and the inconsistent, uninspiring performances he’s posted so far in training camp will wash away. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Jimmy Garoppolo’s nightmare practice highlights a big concern for the 49ers," 14 Aug. 2019 Other species of true bugs include stink bugs, cicadas, aphids and leafhoppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Milkweed offers great learning activity for kids," 10 Aug. 2019 The night air was close and cloudless, sultry with the stink of the seasonal silage coming off the surrounding fields. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 Fans positioned at the front and back of the store circulated the stink of spoiled food Monday, sending puffs of hot air up and down aisles jammed with merchandise. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Phoenix Family Dollar store without air conditioning for weeks as temps eclipse 110," 17 July 2019 Buy Now: $2.50, target.com Gold Bond Ultimate Skin Therapy Cream with Aloe This bargain brand soaks into your skin immediately with nearly zero oily residue, plus it’s fragrance-free so your scent-sensitive seat mate won’t give you the stink-eye. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of stink

Verb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stink

Verb

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

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More Definitions for stink

stink

verb

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

stink

noun

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

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

stink

verb
\ 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.

stink

noun

Kids Definition of stink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong unpleasant smell

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