Definition of stench in English:


Syllabification: stench
Pronunciation: /stenCH


  • A strong and very unpleasant smell: the stench of rotting fish
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    • I lifted my jacket to my nose for a sniff - I could still smell the acrid stench of the gas.
    • As unpleasant as it may seem, the dwellers had become accustomed to their surroundings and the unpleasant odor and stenches of the dirt, grim, mud, and rat droppings.
    • As he leapt to a tall tree that had been burnt on one side, he could smell a terrible stench.
    stink, reek, whiff, fetor, funk
    literary miasma


Old English stenc 'smell', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stank, German Gestank, also to the verb stink.

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