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

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

Related Words for stinker

bounder, boor, rake, rascal, dog, louse, rat, lout, creep, scoundrel, clown, heel, cur, rotter, worm, cheat, knave, skunk, toad

Examples from the Web for stinker

Contemporary Examples of stinker

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 crowd had already given Jurgis a name—they called him "he stinker."

    The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

  • The second stanza (which carries over to the third) of that Ode is what is technically called a 'stinker.'

  • He's always riding Skinny about one thing or another, but Skinny never gets mad and it's a good thing for Stinker, too.

British Dictionary definitions for stinker



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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