Origin of stenchMiddle English from Old English stenc from base of stincan, to stink
An example of a stench is the smell of rotting garbage.
- A strong, foul odor; a stink.
- A foul or objectionable quality: the stench of corrupt government.
Origin of stenchMiddle English from Old English stenc odor
(third-person singular simple present stenches, present participle stenching, simple past and past participle stenched)
- To stanch.