- 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.
Origin of stinker
Related Words for stinkerbounder, boor, rake, rascal, dog, louse, rat, lout, creep, scoundrel, clown, heel, cur, stinker, rotter, worm, cheat, knave, skunk
Examples from the Web for stinker
Contemporary Examples of stinker
Pretty well by Russian standards—a free peasant was known as a smerd, meaning “stinker.”Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
And the stench of desperation from retailers, fearful that the vital Christmas holiday season will be a stinker.Black Friday Comes Early as U.S. Retailers Panic Over Holiday Sales
November 21, 2013
When the two first met in 1918, Roosevelt called Churchill a “stinker.”Blago's Book List
The Daily Beast
March 27, 2009
A bit more urgent is how to extricate ourselves from this stinker of a GECSTGD.Sarah Palin, the Sequel
November 10, 2008
Historical Examples of stinker
"That fellow's a stinker," Wick decided, never to change his mind.Happy House
Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
Bob got a stinker, and poor I received a chancery-suit upon the nob.The True History of Tom and Jerry
The crowd had already given Jurgis a name—they called him "he stinker."The Jungle
The second stanza (which carries over to the third) of that Ode is what is technically called a 'stinker.'A Diversity of Creatures
He's always riding Skinny about one thing or another, but Skinny never gets mad and it's a good thing for Stinker, too.We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly
- 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
as a term of abuse (often banteringly), c.1600, agent noun from stink (v.); also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).