smelly

[ smel-ee ]
/ ˈsmɛl i /

adjective, smell·i·er, smell·i·est.

emitting a strong or unpleasant odor; reeking.

Nearby words

  1. smell up,
  2. smeller,
  3. smellies,
  4. smelling bottle,
  5. smelling salts,
  6. smelt,
  7. smelter,
  8. smeltery,
  9. smelting,
  10. smersh

Origin of smelly

First recorded in 1860–65; smell + -y1

Related formssmell·i·ness, noun

Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky

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British Dictionary definitions for smelly

smelly

/ (ˈsmɛlɪ) /

adjective smellier or smelliest

having a strong or nasty smell
Derived Formssmelliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for smelly

smelly

adj.

1854, from smell (n.) + -y (2). Related: Smelliness.

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