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adjective, smell·i·er, smell·i·est.
  1. emitting a strong or unpleasant odor; reeking.
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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


adjective smellier or smelliest
  1. having a strong or nasty smell
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Derived Formssmelliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for smelly


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

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