[ sting-ker ]
/ ˈstɪŋ kər /


a person or thing that stinks.
Informal. a mean or despicable person; louse.
Informal. something, especially some form of entertainment, of inferior quality.
Informal. something difficult: a real stinker of a crossword puzzle.
any device emitting an offensive odor, as a stink bomb or stinkpot.
Dialect. any of several large petrels.

Nearby words

  1. stinkard,
  2. stinkardly,
  3. stinkaroo,
  4. stinkball,
  5. stinkbug,
  6. stinkhorn,
  7. stinking,
  8. stinking ash,
  9. stinking badger,
  10. stinking cedar

Origin of stinker

1600–10; 1920–25 for def 2; stink + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stinker


/ (ˈstɪŋkə) /


a person or thing that stinks
slang a difficult or very unpleasant person or thing
slang something of very poor quality
informal any of several fulmars or related birds that feed on carrion
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Word Origin and History for stinker



as a term of abuse (often banteringly), c.1600, agent noun from stink (v.); also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper