Translation of smell in Spanish:
- 1 countable (odor) a nice smellun olor agradable or un buen olor or (in Latin America also) un rico oloran unpleasant smellun olor desagradablethese roses have no smellestas rosas no tienen perfumethere's a strong smell of garlic/burning in herehuele mucho a ajo/a quemadothis cheese has a funny smell
hay mucho olor a ajo/a quemadoeste queso huele raro or tiene un olor rarothere's a smell of defeat in the airel derrotismo se respira en el airethe sweet smell of successla seducción del éxitoExample sentences
- Christmas morning came with the smells of pine from candles and coffee in the kitchen.
- Putrid smells of raw sewage and burning garbage become acceptable after being exposed to these foul scents for a long enough time.
- As we were driving down these terrible, lumpy, unlit streets we were constantly catching whiffs of different smells.
- 2 (sniff) [colloquial] (no plural) to have o take a smell at o of somethingoler algoget a smell of that cheese!
tomarle el olor a algo (Latin America)¡cómo apesta ese queso!Example sentences
- He had a smell of the rose, it had a lovely perfume.
- I love citrus -- but the first time I sprayed this on a card and took a smell I almost passed out. It is STRONG in the first few minutes.
- 3 uncountable (sense of smell) a keen/good sense of smellun fino/buen (sentido del) olfatoExample sentences
- It's hard to breathe, your nose drips constantly and your sense of smell just isn't what it used to be.
- All anteaters have an excellent sense of smell; sight and hearing are not as well developed.
- On the day of the test none of the subjects reported to be suffering from nasal congestion or any other symptom thought to affect their sense of smell.
transitive verb past tense & past participle smelled or (in British English also) smelt
- 1 (sense) I can smell freshly baked breadhay olor a pan recién hechowe could smell burning
huele a pan recién hecho
siento olor a pan recién hecho (especially Latin America)olía a quemado
había olor a quemadoExample sentences
- I think a few more of those pastries have my name on them,’ she said looking down the hall to see if she could smell them out.
- 2 (sniff at)(person)
oler(animal)the dog smelled my shoes
olfatearel perro me olfateó los zapatosExample sentences
- We separated the cats into two separate rooms and let them smell each other under the door.
- And the new initiatives are bomb sniffing dogs we are looking at, so can smell explosives hidden in containers.
- A police dog who happens to smell an illegal substance on casual passing in a train station is probably cause for detaining you.
- The National Party council could smell the trouble back then in December.
- Lemond was unconvinced and believed, like many others, Hinault could smell a record sixth victory.
- Even without any evidence he can smell out the truth.
intransitive verb past tense & past participle smelled or (in British English also) smelt
- 1 (give off odor) that smells good! it smells strong/delicioushuele fuerte/deliciosoit smells off
tiene un olor muy fuerte/un olor deliciosohuele a podridoit smells in here
tiene olor a podrido¡qué mal huele aquí!your breath smells
¡qué mal olor hay aquí! (Southern Cone)tienes mal alientohis feet smell he smells!huele malfrankly, this whole business smells [colloquial] [pejorative]este asunto huele mal or [colloquial] huele a chamusquinaher perfume smells like rosessu perfume huele a rosas or tiene olor a rosasto smell
ofsomethingolerthe room smelled of damp aalgola habitación olía a humedadthey smell of money [colloquial]
había olor a humedad en la habitación (Latin America)están forrados (de dinero) [colloquial]
están podridos en plata or (Spain) podridos de dinero [colloquial]Example sentences
- You poured in everything that was left of the geranium essence, until the room was warm and scented and smelled like an exotic hothouse.
- But something else came with the earthy scent - something that smelled like smoke.
- It went on like this for several more rounds before what was in the pot finally tasted and smelled like something you'd want to serve on pasta.
- It is hard to describe what it is like under these bridges, where there is not enough height for a person to stand up straight, it smells, and the wind blows and even howls through the darkness.
- Someone comes into the building and it smells, things fall off in their hands, the floor doesn't look too secure.
- The carcass which had already began to smell revealed a red mess with two holes where eyes should have been.
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