- A strong and very unpleasant smell: the stench of rotting fishMore 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.
Old English stenc 'smell', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stank, German Gestank, also to the verb stink.