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smell

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of smell

  1. 1 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose the smell of vanilla is supposed to be very soothing Synonyms aroma, odor, redolence, scent, sniff Related Words whiff; attar (also otto), bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, perfume; ambrosia, lusciousness, savor (also savour), savoriness, spice, tang; acridness, fetidness, fetor, foulness, funk, gaminess, malodor, noisomeness, rancidity, rankness, reek, stench, stink; aromaticity, odoriferousness, odorousness; incense, musk

  2. 2 a very small amount the pie has barely a smell of ginger, but lots of cinnamon Synonyms ace, bit, crumb, dab, dram, driblet, glimmer, hint, lick, little, mite, nip, ounce, peanuts, ray, scintilla, scruple, shade, shadow, shred, skosh, smack, particle, smidgen (also smidgeon or smidgin or smidge), snap, soupçon, spark, spatter, speck, splash, spot, sprinkling, strain, streak, suspicion, tad, touch, traceRelated Words hoot, iota, jot, minim, minimum, modicum, semblance, syllable, tittle, vestige, whit; atom, dot, fleck, flyspeck, grain, granule, molecule, morsel, mote, nubbin, patch, scrap; dash, drop, pinch; part, portion, section; bite, nibble, taste; handful, scattering, smatter, smattering; dose, shot; chip, flake, fragment, shard, shiver, sliver, smithereens, splinter; shred, tatter; clipping, paring, shavingNear Antonyms abundance, barrel, boatload, bucket, bundle, bushel, deal, fistful, gobs, heaps, lashings (also lashins) [chiefly British], loads, lot, mass, mess, mountain, much, oodles, passel, peck, pile, plenty, potful, profusion, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, wad, wealth; volume; bonanza, embarrassment, excess, overabundance, overage, overflow, overkill, overmuch, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, surfeit, surplus; chunk, hunk, lump, slab

  3. 3 a special quality or impression associated with something a law firm with a mahogany-lined boardroom that has the discernible smell of money and power Synonyms air, ambience (or ambiance), aroma, atmosphere, climate, flavor, halo, karma, mood, nimbus, note, odor, patina, aura, temper, vibration(s)Related Words aureole (or aureola), mystique, romance; genius loci; feel, feeling, sensation, sense, spirit; attribute, character, characteristic, image, mark, notion, peculiarity, picture, property, trait; color, illusion, overtone, semblance, suggestion, tone


smell

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of smell

  1. 1 to become aware of by means of the sense organs in the nose we smelled the aroma of freshly baked cookies as soon as we walked in the house Synonyms nose, scent, sniff, snuff, whiff Related Words breathe, drink (in), inhale, respire; snort, snuffle; savor (also savour)

  2. 2 to have a vague awareness of I smell something fishy about this situation Synonyms perceive, scent, see, sense, feel, tasteRelated Words behold, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, perceive, regard, remark, sight, spy, view, witness; ascertain, catch on (to), discover, find out, hear, learn, realize; anticipate, divine, expect, foreknow, foresee; assume, conjecture, guess, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect

  3. 3 to be objectionable or unsatisfactory that movie smells—I wouldn't waste my money on it if I were you Synonyms bite [slang], stink, suck [slang]Antonyms rock [slang], rule [slang]


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