- Smell is the sense by which people take in scents through their nose, or an odor or the act of sensing or giving off an odor.
- An example of smell is how people sniff out what is cooking in the kitchen.
- An example of a smell is the scent of homemade cookies.
- To smell is defined as to take in or give off a scent.
An example of to smell is to breathe in the scent of fresh flowers.
smell definition by Webster's New World
- to be or become aware of by means of the nose and the olfactory nerves; detect the scent or odor of
- to sense the presence or existence of: to smell trouble
- to test by the scent or odor; sniff: smell the milk to tell if it's sour
Origin: Middle English smellen ; from Old English an unverified form smyllan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form smel-, to burn slowly from source smolder: basic sense “to give off smoke”
- to use the sense of smell; sniff: often with at or of
- to have or emit a scent or odor: flowers that do not smell
- to have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink
- to have the odor or a suggestion (of): breath that smells of garlic
- to lack ability, worth, etc.; be of poor quality
- to be foul, corrupt, mean, etc.
- that one of the five senses of the body by which a substance is perceived through the chemical stimulation of the olfactory nerves in the nasal cavity by particles given off by that substance
- the characteristic stimulation of any specific substance upon the olfactory nerves; odor; scent
- an act of smelling
- that which suggests the presence or existence of something; trace; suggestion
Origin: ME smel
- smeller noun
smell definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb smelled smelled or smelt , smell·ing, smells verb, transitive
- To perceive the scent of (something) by means of the olfactory nerves.
- To sense the presence of by or as if by the olfactory nerves; detect or discover: We smelled trouble ahead. The committee tried to smell out corruption in law enforcement.
- To use the sense of smell; perceive the scent of something.
- To have or emit an odor: “The breeze smelled exactly like Vouvray—flowery, with a hint of mothballs underneath” (Anne Tyler).
- To be suggestive; have a touch of something: a cave that smells of terror.
- To have or emit an unpleasant odor; stink: This closet smells.
- To appear to be dishonest; suggest evil or corruption.
- The sense by which odors are perceived; the olfactory sense.
- That quality of something that may be perceived by the olfactory sense.
- The act or an instance of smelling.
- A distinctive enveloping or characterizing quality; an aura or trace: the smell of success.
Origin: Middle English smellen.
smell - Medical Definition
smell - Phrases/Idioms
smell a rat