malodorous

[mal-oh-der-uh s]

adjective

having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad: a malodorous swamp.

Nearby words

  1. malnourished,
  2. malnourishment,
  3. malnutrition,
  4. malocclusion,
  5. malodor,
  6. malonate,
  7. malone,
  8. malone, edmond,
  9. malonic,
  10. malonic acid

Origin of malodorous

First recorded in 1840–50; mal- + odorous

Related formsmal·o·dor·ous·ly, adverbmal·o·dor·ous·ness, noun

Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky

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British Dictionary definitions for malodorous

malodorous

adjective

having a bad smell
Derived Formsmalodorously, adverbmalodorousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for malodorous

malodorous

adj.

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

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