intransitive verbstank or stunk, stunk, stink′ing
- to give off a strong, unpleasant smell
- to be very offensive; be hateful or abhorrent
- Informal 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
- Informal a strong public reaction, as one of outrage, censure, protest, etc.