- a simple past tense of stink.
- to emit a strong offensive smell.
- to be offensive to honesty or propriety; to be in extremely bad repute or disfavor.
- Informal. to be disgustingly inferior: That book stinks.
- Slang. to have a large quantity of something (usually followed by of or with): They stink of money. She stinks with jewelry.
- to cause to stink or be otherwise offensive (often followed by up): an amateurish performance that really stank up the stage.
- a strong offensive smell; stench.
- Informal. an unpleasant fuss; scandal: There was a big stink about his accepting a bribe.
- stinks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. chemistry as a course of study.
- stink out, to repel or drive out by means of a highly offensive smell.
Origin of stink
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Examples from the Web for stank
They had simple wit and no fashion sense, and they often stank of cheap beer and cheaper cologne.Let Us Now Praise Famous Rednecks and Their Unjustly Unsung Kin
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She started from the slaughter-houses, which stank of blood.L'Assommoir
Nowhere at any time has there been a metropolis that so stank to heaven.The Paliser case
This is why the name Corresponding Society stank in the nostrils of all rulers.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
That they stank so abominably they overcame whole armies just with their smell.The Saracen: Land of the Infidel
The hold steamed like an oven, stank most offensively, and groaned with anguish.Sea-Dogs All!
- 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
- a drain, as in a roadway
- a draining board adjacent to a sink unit
- a strong foul smell; stench
- slang a great deal of trouble (esp in the phrase to make or raise a stink)
- like stink intensely; furiously
- to emit a foul smell
- slang to be thoroughly bad or abhorrentthis town stinks
- informal to have a very bad reputationhis name stinks
- to be of poor quality
- (foll by of or with) slang to have or appear to have an excessive amount (of money)
- (tr usually foll by up) informal to cause to stink
Word Origin and History for stank
past tense of sink (q.v.).
Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from West Germanic *stenkwanan (cf. Old Saxon stincan, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began in Old English and was primary by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.
c.1300, from stink (v.). Sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812.
Idioms and Phrases with stank
In addition to the idiom beginning with stink
- stink to high heaven
- big stink
- make a stink
- smell (stink) up