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smell
British English: /smɛl/
American English: /smɛl/

Translation of smell in German:

noun no pl., no art.

  • 1have a good/bad sense of smell
    einen guten/schlechten Geruchssinn haben
  • 2 (odour)
    Geruch, der
    of nach
    (pleasant also)
    Duft, der
    of nach
    a smell of burning/gas
    ein Brand-/Gasgeruch
    there was a smell of coffee
    es duftete nach Kaffee
    something has a nice/strong etc. smell [to it]
    etwas riecht angenehm/stark
    usw.
  • 4 (act of inhaling) See examples:one smell was enough
    einmal riechen genügte
    have or take a smell at or of something
    an etwas Dat. riechen

transitive verb smelt Pronunciation: / smelt / or smelled

  • 1 (perceive)
    [figurative]
    I can smell burning/gas
    es riecht brandig/nach Gas
    I could smell trouble
    [figurative]
    es roch nach Ärger
    rat 1 1
  • 2
    (inhale smell of)
    riechen an
    + Dat.
    just smell the sea air!
    riech [doch] mal nur die Seeluft!

intransitive verb smelt or smelled

  • 2 (recall smell; [figurative]: suggest) See examples:smell of something
    nach etwas riechen
  • 3
    (stink)
    his breath smells
    er riecht aus dem Mund
  • 4
    (perceive smell)
    she can't smell because of her cold
    sie riecht nichts wegen ihrer Erkältung
    smell at something
    an etwas Dat. riechen

Phrasal verbs

smell out

transitive verb (literal or figurative)

Definition of smell in:

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