- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
"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
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).