Definition of odorous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊd(ə)rəs/


Having or giving off an odour: a dark and odorous cave
More example sentences
  • I am not sure if all dumps are this smelly - I know that all dumps are odorous - but it was stinky.
  • But what happens to these odorous, spring-laden behemoths?
  • According to the manufacturer, newater is clearer, less odorous and less bacterial than the water people get from the Public Utilities Board.
informal stinky
British informal pongy, whiffy, niffy, niffing
North American informal funky
literary noisome, mephitic
fragrant, scented, perfumed, aromatic, balmy, tangy, redolent



Pronunciation: /ˈəʊd(ə)rəsli/
Example sentences
  • With all its wishy-washy platitudes and sweeping generalizations, there was a general theme wafting odorously from the ill-conceived ballot.
  • We selected ethylbenzene and 2-butanone for exposure because ethylbenzene is more odorously effective than 2-butanone.


Late Middle English: from Latin odorus 'fragrant' (from odor 'odour') + -ous.

Words that rhyme with odorous


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Line breaks: odor|ous

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