Definition of stench in English:

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Pronunciation: /sten(t)SH/


A strong and very unpleasant smell: the stench of rotting fish
More example sentences
  • 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.

  • stink from Old English:

    Old English stincan ‘stink and its close relative stenc ‘smell’ source of stench both go back to a common Germanic root.

Words that rhyme with stench

backbench, bench, blench, clench, Dench, drench, entrench, French, frontbench, quench, tench, trench, wench, wrench

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Syllabification: stench

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