Definition of stinking in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstɪŋkɪŋ/


1Foul-smelling: he was locked in a stinking cell
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  • She is a visionary, driven by a remarkable energy, determined and brave, undeterred by threats and harassment and numerous arrests and uncomfortable nights in stinking police cells.
  • This blight was caused by a fungus, Phytophthora infestans, and its effect, where it took hold, was to destroy crops almost completely, leaving farmers with nothing but stinking black rotten remains of the tubers.
  • Thousands of prisoners every morning have to get up and empty the stinking chamber pots which have sat in their cells overnight.
West Indian  fresh
informal smelly, stinky, reeky
British informal niffing, niffy, pongy, whiffy, humming
North American informal funky
literary noisome, mephitic
1.1 informal Very bad or unpleasant: a stinking cold
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  • Tonight will be spent having a couple of quiet ones at Le Pub - I've only just got over jetlag so wouldn't want to jeopardise my recovery by turning up to work with a stinking hangover tomorrow.
  • A severe attack usually coincides with a stinking hangover and can start as early as midday, from whence I will spend the rest of the weekend brooding on the inevitability of Monday morning.
  • Achievement of the day: got up and down a 4000 metre mountain in under fourteen hours, with a stinking cold, and no sleep at the halfway shed due to aching sinuses and the general lack of air.
dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, ghastly, nasty, appalling, vile, very bad
British informal rotten, shocking


[as submodifier] informal
Extremely: she is obviously stinking rich
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  • Grumpy, middle-aged restaurant reviewers spending Sunday Times dosh with bad grace, used-up sloaney jet trash, PR moppets on expense accounts and the truly stinking rich, that's who.
  • All quibbles about the merits of that series aside, as an English major, it makes me happy when an author of prose fiction becomes stinking bloody rich.
  • It's just that once he became so stinking rich he couldn't hope to ever spend it all on himself, he got interested in building a legacy rather than a personal fortune.



Example sentences
  • Sentimental liberal internationalism - everything has to be done through the U.N., no matter how stinkingly corrupt and ineffectual it is - is just as inadequate to the challenges of the age.
  • I took the train down from Edinburgh yesterday, and didn't realise until I stepped out of the carriage precisely how stinkingly hot it is at the moment.
  • Nevertheless, in the strain and stress of my poverty, I am aware I am stinkingly rich in comparison to most of the people in the world.

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