[ stingk ]
/ stɪŋk /
verb (used without object), stank or, often, stunk; stunk; stink·ing.
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.
verb (used with object), stank or, often, stunk; stunk; stink·ing.
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
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
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)
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)
/ (stɪŋk) /
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
verb stinks, stinking, stank, stunk or stunk (mainly intr)
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
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
In addition to the idiom beginning with stink
- stink to high heaven
- big stink
- make a stink
- smell (stink) up
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