verb (past stank /staŋk/ or stunk /stʌŋk/; past participle stunk)[no object]
- 1Have a strong unpleasant smell: the place stank like a sewer his breath stank of drinkMore example sentences
- 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 somewhere out/up) • informal Fill somewhere with a strong unpleasant smell: her perfume stank the place outMore example sentences
- You had a fire in your garden that was stinking my house out.
- The RSPCA have done their best for the poor chap, but things just aren't looking too good, and it appears we'll have a dead whale stinking the place up for the New Year.
- Okay, so you could buy a mackerel for a £1 these days but who wants to stink the entire house out for a week?
- 2 • informal Be very unpleasant, contemptible, or scandalous: he thinks the values of our society stinkMore example sentences
- ‘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.
- 2.1 (stink of) Be highly suggestive of (something regarded with disapproval): the whole affair stinks of a set-upMore example sentences
strongly suggest, have all the hallmarks of, smack of, give the impression of; reek of, smell of
- 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.
- 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 moneyMore example sentences
- 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.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- 1A strong unpleasant smell; a stench: the stink of the place hit me as I went inMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 • informal A row or fuss: a silly move now would kick up a stink we couldn’t handleMore example sentences
- York council's plan to change the rubbish collection from weekly to fortnightly has caused a right stink, as one whiff of our letters pages confirms.
- The stink travelled with them, like body odour.
- He is out of office because he's raising a stink,’ says a Taradale resident.
adjectiveWest Indian Back to top
- 1Having a strong unpleasant smell: ‘What you doing with that stink dog?’More example sentences
- It follows a fleeing him like a stink cloud, misconstruing his running away as an opportunity to take more pictures and ask more questions.
- Giant oil drum of sludge in a back closet next to the bathroom: someone bumped the lid off this with a bit of equipment and immediately vomited due to the stench that came out from the stink barrel.
- I'm trying that right now, but I can't have this stink situation put a damper on my session situation.
- 2Contemptible; corrupt: the whole episode is so stink that the principal asked for an immediate transfer of the teacherMore example sentences
- I can't really think of any, and if that's all there are, then, isn't that a stink reason to give your sovereignty away?
- • informal Extremely hard or intensely: she’s working like stink to get everything readyMore example sentences
- 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.
(stinkier, stinkiest) • informal
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- And sure enough, rising from the sky down the block from my house is a small, but stinky plume of smoke.
- If you want to spend your time smoking a stinky cigar and watching TV, you can do that.
- I'm always amazed with the ease and indifference that patrons shed their stinky workout gear and parade around starkers.
Old English stincan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German stinken, also to stench.