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[mal-oh-der-uh s] /mælˈoʊ dər əs/
having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad:
a malodorous swamp.
Origin of malodorous
First recorded in 1840-50; mal- + odorous
Related forms
malodorously, adverb
malodorousness, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for malodorous
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  • He embraced his daughter, and then again Pierre, and kissed him with his malodorous mouth.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • But what was Milton doing in this malodorous and noisy assembly?


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • He saw the squalid tract of her vice, miserable and malodorous.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • It has become a byword among the people as a malodorous cesspool.

  • He rose, went to the window, and cast forth the malodorous thing.

    Stover at Yale Owen Johnson
  • The streets are narrow, sewerless, and malodorous; but would be the delight of artists.

    Albania E. F. Knight
  • He was followed by a malodorous gust of vapor from the room he had just left.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Some are broad and well kept, but others are narrow, dirty, and malodorous.

    Spanish Highways and Byways Katharine Lee Bates
  • Why, then, does he come to thee, this malodorous—no—this pious Asiatic?

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • He should have been on a soft couch; he was on a malodorous plank.

    A Dream of the North Sea

    James Runciman
British Dictionary definitions for malodorous


having a bad smell
Derived Forms
malodorously, adverb
malodorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for malodorous

1832, from mal- "bad" + odorous. Related: Malodorously; malodorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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