- 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 stink
Shortly after his confession, Vision Forum Ministries closed up shop, unable to continue with the stink of sex scandal upon them.Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement
April 16, 2014
Hilton danced in a corner by herself while her then-boyfriend, shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, gave her the stink eye.Sundance ’14 Party Report: Anne Hathaway’s A Great Wingwoman, Kristen Stewart Cuts A Rug, and More
January 25, 2014
As you get older, the more you think, the more you stink, really.The Haunted Stage: Conor McPherson on His Plays
Ronald K. Fried
January 20, 2014
Intellectual shut-ins are a dime a dozen these days, and they all stink just as bad as the next one.Paul Krugman’s Nasty and Inane Attack on ‘Libertarian Populism’
July 19, 2013
Her fiancé is raising a stink bigger than the s*** I took this morning.Does ‘Orange is the New Black’ Have a Jewish Problem?
July 18, 2013
If they had anything to do with developing Wicklow they'd make it stink!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
I've come through that, an' all the stink of it; I've come through sorrer.Hall-Marked and Others (From Six Short Plays)
How frightful my blemishes, which must stink in His nostrils!The Golden Fountain
"They shelled this place like stink yesterday," Collinge told me.Pushed and the Return Push
George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
All that fuss and stink is to get 'em to Gallowstree Dip before we pass it.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
- 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 stink
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 stink
In addition to the idiom beginning with stink
- stink to high heaven
- big stink
- make a stink
- smell (stink) up