- 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
Other Word Forms of Smell
Origin of Smell
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 smōlen (“to burn, smoulder") (whence Dutch smeulen (“to smoulder")), Middle Low German smölen (“to be hazy, be dusty") (whence German Low German smölen (“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 smál, smól, smúal (“fire, gleed, embers, ashes"), Russian смола (smola, “resin, tar"). Compare smoulder, smother.
Middle English smel of unknown origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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