[ sting-king ]
/ ˈstɪŋ kɪŋ /


that smells foul; foul-smelling.
Slang. very drunk; plastered.
Slang. very rich: His father left him so much money he's stinking.
contemptible; disgusting: a stinking shame.


completely or extremely: stinking drunk.

Origin of stinking

before 1000; Middle English stinkinge, Old English stincende. See stink, -ing2

Related forms

stink·ing·ly, adverbstink·ing·ness, noun

Definition for stinking (2 of 2)

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

Related forms

out·stink, verb (used with object), out·stank or, often, out·stunk; out·stunk; out·stink·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stinking (1 of 2)


/ (ˈstɪŋkɪŋ) /


having a foul smell
informal unpleasant or disgusting
(postpositive) slang very drunk


informal (intensifier, expressing contempt for the person referred to)stinking rich

Derived Forms

stinkingly, adverbstinkingness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for stinking (2 of 2)


/ (stɪŋk) /


verb stinks, stinking, stank, stunk or stunk (mainly intr)

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 stinking


In addition to the idiom beginning with stink

  • stink to high heaven

also see:

  • big stink
  • make a stink
  • smell (stink) up

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