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
SYNONYMS FOR stink
1 reek.
Related formsout·stink, verb (used with object), out·stank or, often, out·stunk; out·stunk; out·stink·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for stink out (1 of 2)

stink out


verb (tr, adverb)

to drive out or away by a foul smell
British to cause to stinkthe smell of orange peel stinks out the room

British Dictionary definitions for stink out (2 of 2)

stink

/ (stɪŋk) /

noun

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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Idioms and Phrases with stink out

stink


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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