- The definition of a stink is a nasty smell, or is slang for a public outrage.
- An example of a stink is the smell of rotten fruit.
- An example of a stink is public anger over a new town law.
- Stink is defined as to give off a bad smell, or is slang meaning to be low quality.
An example of stink is for the smell of sweat to take over a room.
intransitive verbstank or stunk, stunk, stinking
- to give off a strong, unpleasant smell
- to be very offensive; be hateful or abhorrent
- Slang to be of low standard or quality; be no good
- Slang to have much or an excess: with of or with
Origin of stinkMiddle English stinken ; from Old English stincan, akin to German stinken
- a strong, unpleasant smell; stench
- Slang a strong public reaction, as one of outrage, censure, protest, etc.
verbstank stank or stunk , stunk stunk, stink·ing, stinks
- To emit a strong foul odor: The basement stinks of mildew.
- Slang a. To be of an extremely low or bad quality: These golf clubs stink.b. To be in extremely bad repute: His name has stunk ever since that scandal.c. To be morally offensive or have the appearance of dishonesty or corruption: Something about her testimony stinks.d. To have something to an extreme or offensive degree: a family that is stinking with money; an act that stinks of jealousy.
- A strong offensive odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.
- Slang A scandal or controversy: “the stink over sexual politics in the military” (David Nyhan).
Origin of stinkMiddle English stinken, from Old English stincan, to emit a smell.
(third-person singular simple present stinks, present participle stinking, simple past stank or stunk, past participle stunk)
- (intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
- (intransitive, informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
- That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.
- (intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
- Something stinks about the politician's excuses.
- To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.