An example of to smell is to breathe in the scent of fresh flowers.
Smiled as she smelled the rose.
We smelled trouble ahead. The committee tried to smell out corruption in law enforcement.
The dog was smelling around the bed.
To smell trouble.
Smell the milk to tell if it's sour.
Breath that smells of garlic.
I can smell fresh bread.
Smell the milk and tell me whether it's gone off.
The roses smell lovely.
His feet smell of cheese.
The drunkard smelt like a brewery.
A report smells of calumny.
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.
Got a smell of the pie.
- To suspect that something is wrong.
- To sense an opportunity for advantage at someone else's expense.
- To spend time in leisurely enjoyment.
- To look for or find by or as by smelling.
- To cause to stink.
Origin of smell
- Middle English smel of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English smellen, smillen, smyllen, smullen, from Old English *smyllan, *smiellan (“to smell, emit fumes"), from Proto-Germanic *smuljanÄ…, *smaljanÄ… (“to glow, burn, smoulder"), from Proto-Indo-European *smelÉ™- (“to burn, smoke, smoulder; tar, pitch"). The noun is from Middle English smel, smil, smul (“smell, odour"). Related to Middle Dutch smÅlen (“to burn, smoulder") (whence Dutch smeulen (“to smoulder")), Middle Low German smÃ¶len (“to be hazy, be dusty") (whence German Low German smÃ¶len (“smoulder")), West Flemish smoel (“stuffy, muggy, hazy"), Danish smul (“dust, powder"), Lithuanian smilkyti (“to incense, fumigate"), Lithuanian smilkti (“to smudge, smolder, fume, reek"), Lithuanian smalkinti (“to fume"), Middle Irish smÃ¡l, smÃ³l, smÃºal (“fire, gleed, embers, ashes"), Russian ÑÐ¼Ð¾Ð»Ð° (smola, “resin, tar"). Compare smoulder, smother.