Definition of stink in English:


Syllabification: stink
Pronunciation: /stiNGk

verb (past stank /staNGk/ or stunk /stəNGk/; past participle stunk)

[no object]
  • 1Have a strong unpleasant smell: the place stank like a sewer his breath stank of drink
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    • What a sad, sad sight to see him there in his white apron, stinking from the smell of salami.
    • My room stank from the smell of tar today, thanks to the re-paving of the road outside my courtyard.
    • To explore the hole you needed a very long ladder and a strong constitution: it stank and was crawling with rats.
  • 1.1 [with object] (stink a place up) Fill a place with a strong unpleasant smell: I hope they are not going to stink up the house with curry
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    • Cats do not harm the structure of the house but boy they can sure stink a place up!
    • You don't even have to get very close to one of these houses to smell the odor stinking up the whole area up to high heaven.
    • Strongly aromatic foods like the Korean dish kimchi can really stink up a cabin, she says.
  • 2 informal Be very unpleasant, contemptible, or scandalous: the industry’s reputation stinks
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    • ‘I caught the first fifteen minutes of Absolute Power and thought it stunk, but I wouldn't want to clog this thread up with a post about why,’ he said in the Extras thread.
    • ‘I'd rather you told me I stunk,’ I said, ‘than tell me I lost the job because of my race.’
    • The success of Angela's Ashes spawned a spate of memoirs-by-nobody-in-particular, most of which, frankly, stunk.
    be very unpleasant, be abhorrent, be despicable, be contemptible, be disgusting, be vile, be foul
    informal suck
  • 2.1 (stink of) Be highly suggestive of (something regarded with disapproval): the whole affair stinks of a setup
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    • He was the front runner, and the whole affair stank of the worst kind of partisan hackery.
    • The whole thing stank of a setup and police impropriety.
    • The whole Diana story stinks of lies and deception.
    smack, reek, give the impression, have all the hallmarks; strongly suggest
  • 2.2 (stink of) Have or appear to have a scandalously large amount of (something, especially money): the whole place was luxurious and stank of money
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    • The place still stinks of money - and not just the old double-barrelled wealth traditionally associated with the club.
    • ‘A Day Like Today’ signals the fact his follow up reeks with polish and immaculate production values, stinking of money and thoughtfulness in all the right places.
    • The office carried the stink of money and power.


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  • 1A strong unpleasant smell; a stench: the stink of the place hit me as I went in
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    • In Warheads, while demonstrating irritant-gas, a mercenary trainer tells the film team: ‘The stink is so strong, you'll get a whiff of it too’.
    • At times you can smell the stink, hear the rats running in his shack, and feel the numbing cold.
    • Even if the gas wasn't poisonous, the stink was still unpleasant.
    stench, reek, fetor, foul/bad smell
    informal funk
    literary miasma


like stink

informal , chiefly British Extremely hard or intensely: she’s working like stink to get everything ready
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  • You can do that - but even those people work like stink,’ she says.
  • So - while keeping my legs crossed and writing like stink - I have to assume that we sheilas are the new economic magic bullet.
  • They have ended up separating, hating each other's guts, taking law suits out against each other, and fighting like stink over the property.


Old English stincan; related to Dutch and German stinken, also to stench.

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