Stink meaning

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To emit a strong foul odor.

The basement stinks of mildew.

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A scandal or controversy.
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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.

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To be very offensive; be hateful or abhorrent.
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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.

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To cause to stink.

Garbage that stinks up the yard.

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A strong offensive odor; a stench.
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To give off a strong, unpleasant smell.
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To be of low standard or quality; be no good.
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To have much or an excess.
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A strong, unpleasant smell; stench.
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A strong public reaction, as one of outrage, censure, protest, etc.
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(intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
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(intransitive, informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.

That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.

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(intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.

Something stinks about the politician's excuses.

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To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.
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A strong bad smell.
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(informal) A complaint or objection.

If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.

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(in plural stinks, slang) Chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
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(slang, New Zealand) A failure or unfortunate event.

The concert was stink.

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make
  • To make a great fuss.
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stink up
  • To cause to stink.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of stink

  • Middle English stinken from Old English stincan to emit a smell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, from Proto-Germanic *stinkanÄ…. Compare Dutch stinken, German stinken, Swedish stinka.

    From Wiktionary