They had simple wit and no fashion sense, and they often stank of cheap beer and cheaper cologne.
It was very salt, and stank so that we used always to throw it away immediately—we simply could not stand it in the room.
That they stank so abominably they overcame whole armies just with their smell.
For aught I know it might go down a mile in depth towards the centre of the globe, and it stank abominably.
I did, and I stank so of turpentine I was quite ashamed to lie with myself.
She started from the slaughter-houses, which stank of blood.
And if they left somewhat, it stank so foully that a man might not touch it.
The colonnades of the stately temple of Ephesus stank with proofs of their correctness.
Any of it left overnight stank in the morning and bred worms.
An English name; but stank is from the Gaelic staing, a ditch.
Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from West Germanic *stenkwanan (cf. Old Saxon stincan, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began in Old English and was primary by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.
c.1300, from stink (v.). Sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812.
(also big stink) An extensive fuss; huge brouhaha; scandal: ''I never made a big stink about it,'' says Righetti (1812+)