[ stangk ]
/ stæŋk /


a simple past tense of stink.


Nearby words

  1. stanislavsky,
  2. stanislaw i,
  3. stanislawów,
  4. stanisław,
  5. stanisław ii,
  6. stanley,
  7. stanley cup,
  8. stanley falls,
  9. stanley knife,
  10. stanley pool

Origin of stink

before 900; (v.) Middle English stinken, Old English stincan; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with German stinken. (v.); cf. stench

Related formsout·stink, verb (used with object), out·stank or, often, out·stunk; out·stunk; out·stink·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stank

British Dictionary definitions for stank


/ (stæŋk) /


a past tense of stink


a small cofferdam, esp one of timber made watertight with clay
Scot and Northern English dialect a pond or pool


(tr) to make (a stream, cofferdam, etc) watertight, esp with clay

Word Origin for stank

C13: from Old French estanc, probably from estancher to stanch

noun dialect

a drain, as in a roadway
a draining board adjacent to a sink unit

Word Origin for stank

special use of stank ² (in the sense: pool, pond)


/ (stɪŋk) /


verb stinks, stinking, stank, stunk or stunk (mainly intr)

See also stink out

Word Origin for stink

Old English stincan; related to Old Saxon stinkan, German stinken, Old Norse stökkva to burst; see stench

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Word Origin and History for stank
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Idioms and Phrases with stank


In addition to the idiom beginning with stink

  • stink to high heaven

also see:

  • big stink
  • make a stink
  • smell (stink) up
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