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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 Mask. (of nach)
    (pleasant also) Duft Mask. (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)one smell was enough
    einmal riechen genügte
    have or take a smell at or of something
    an etwas Dat. riechen

transitive verb smeltPronunciation: /smelt/ or smelled

  • 1 (perceive)
    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)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

(literal or figurative)
Definition of smell in:
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