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Pronunciation: /ˈsmɛli

Definition of smelly in English:

adjective (smellier, smelliest)

Having a strong or unpleasant smell: smelly feet
More example sentences
  • This month Jacquie loses her luggage, and deals with the problem of team members with smelly feet
  • Meanwhile, others take bags full of clothes and end up sweaty, smelly and dishevelled.
  • For weeks, the residents and passing pedestrians have had to put up with dozens of smelly rubbish bags lying around.
off, gamy, high;
musty, fusty;
British frowsty;
West Indian fresh
informal stinky, reeky
British informal niffing, niffy, pongy, whiffy, humming
North American informal funky
literary noisome, mephitic



Example sentences
  • I smell because I have damp jeans on (airing cupboards don't work!) and the smelliness of the house is now transferring on to me.
  • There was a thread awhile back in which someone said putting a dryer sheet inside each sandal, and then storing them in a plastic bag overnight, will get rid of the smelliness, and it does indeed work for me.

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