stench

[ stench ]
/ stɛntʃ /

noun

an offensive smell or odor; stink.
a foul quality.

Origin of stench

before 900; Middle English; Old English stenc odor (good or bad); akin to stink
Related formsstench·ful, adjective
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stench

/ (stɛntʃ) /

noun

a strong and extremely offensive odour; stink

Word Origin for stench

Old English stenc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stank; see stink
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Word Origin and History for stench

stench


n.

Old English stenc "a smell" (either pleasant or unpleasant), from Proto-Germanic *stankwiz (cf. Old Saxon stanc, Old High German stanch, German stank). Related to stincan "emit a smell" (see stink) as drench is to drink. The notion of "evil smell" predominated from c.1200.

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