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stinking

adjective

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1 having an unpleasant smell
  • came home from their trip to find stinking garbage that had been left in the kitchen

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2 slang being under the influence of alcohol
  • warned her husband not to come home stinking—or he'd be sleeping on the couch

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stinking

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of stinking (Entry 2 of 3)

to a great degree
  • a huge, showy house that screams, "We're stinking rich!"

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stinking

verb
present participle of stink

Synonyms & Antonyms of stinking (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to give off an extremely unpleasant smell
  • the dog stinks because she tangled with a skunk again

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2 to be objectionable or unsatisfactory
  • their team really stinks this year

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Adjective

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

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The first known use of stinking was before the 12th century

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“Stinking.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stinking. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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