verb (used with object)
- smelling bottle,
- smelling salts,
Origin of smelt1
noun, plural (especially collectively) smelt, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) smelts.
Origin of smelt2
verb (used with object), smelled or smelt, smell·ing.
verb (used without object), smelled or smelt, smell·ing.
Origin of smell
Examples from the Web for smelt
My nostrils have smelt the horrors of the (cloth) diaper pail.
The Romans learned how to smelt copper into brass, then bronze, to make weapons, and suddenly war was an entirely different game.Copper, the Metal That Runs the World: ‘Boom, Bust, Boom,’ by Bill Carter|Peter Madden|October 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I felt the sweat pouring from his face on to mine, and he smelt horribly of garlic.The Secret Service Submarine|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
He had smelt the parson before, and wagged his tail faintly as he saw him.A Flat Iron for a Farthing|Juliana Horatia Ewing
A Jesuit pretended to have smelt out the fox that lay disguised in sheep's clothing.Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy|Friedrich Schiller
It smelt to me as if some one had just that minute turned out the earth all fresh and new.Day and Night Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Before we had quite finished, the Cree returned to camp, and at once declared that he smelt grog.The Great Lone Land|W. F. Butler
Word Origin for smelt
noun plural smelt or smelts
Word Origin for smelt
verb smells, smelling, smelt or smelled
Word Origin for smell
mid-15c. (implied in smelter), from Dutch or Low German smelten, from Proto-Germanic *smelt- (cf. Old High German smelzan, German schmelzen "to melt"), from PIE *smeld-, variant of *mel- "soft." Thus the word is from a variant of the stem of Old English meltan "to melt" (see melt (v.)). Related: Smelted; smelting.
Old English smelt "sardine, small salmon-like sea fish," cognate with Dutch smelt "sand eel," Danish smelt (c.1600). OED notes that it has a peculiar odor (but doesn't suggest a connection with smell); Klein suggests a connection with the way the fish melts in one's mouth. Century Dictionary speculates it means "smooth" and compares Old English smeolt, smylt "serene, smooth."
late 12c., "emit or perceive an odor," not found in Old English, perhaps cognate with Middle Dutch smolen, Low German smelen "to smolder" (see smolder). However, OED says "no doubt of Old English origin, but not recorded, and not represented in any of the cognate languages." Related: Smelled or smelt; smelling.
Smelling salts (1840), used to revive the woozy, typically were a scented preparation of carbonate of ammonia. Smell-feast (n.) "one who finds and frequents good tables, one who scents out where free food is to be had" is from 1510s ("very common" c.1540-1700, OED). Smell-smock "licentious man" was in use c.1550-c.1900. To smell a rat "be suspicious" is from 1540s.
In addition to the idioms beginning with smell
- smell a rat
- smell fishy
- smell to high heaven
- smell up
- come up (smelling like) roses
- stink (smell) to high heaven