- 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
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- to emit a strong offensive smell.
- to be offensive to honesty or propriety; to be in extremely bad repute or disfavor.
- Informal. to be disgustingly inferior: That book stinks.
- Slang. to have a large quantity of something (usually followed by of or with): They stink of money. She stinks with jewelry.
- to cause to stink or be otherwise offensive (often followed by up): an amateurish performance that really stank up the stage.
- a strong offensive smell; stench.
- Informal. an unpleasant fuss; scandal: There was a big stink about his accepting a bribe.
- stinks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. chemistry as a course of study.
- stink out, to repel or drive out by means of a highly offensive smell.
Origin of stink
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Examples from the Web for stinking
And “stinking rich” is the smell of zero carbon emissions at eco-friendly tech company campuses.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre
July 26, 2014
But the language about public schools and cricket bewildered audiences and Frank Rich gave it a stinking review.Bring ‘Another Country’ to Broadway: Why a Hit British Classic Needs Its New York Moment
June 2, 2014
She goes on to dismiss “stinking romanticism” as sick, akin to “boils & blisters & warts.”Flannery O’Connor’s Desire for God
November 13, 2013
And Alfonso goes, "Badges, we don't need no stinking badges" and starts shooting at them.Mel Brooks’s 11 Favorite Movie Scenes: ‘Psycho’ to ‘Some Like It Hot’
May 20, 2013
Light must be brought into this dark, muddy, stinking labyrinth.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
The specific name, "nasty" or "stinking," has really no application to the plant.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
If I am to be drowned, it sha'n't be in the stinking Red River.
Tentacles gripped at him, the foul, stinking smell gagged him.
A blast of fetid, stinking air struck his face, and he choked.
- having a foul smell
- informal unpleasant or disgusting
- (postpositive) slang very drunk
- informal (intensifier, expressing contempt for the person referred to)stinking rich
- a strong foul smell; stench
- slang a great deal of trouble (esp in the phrase to make or raise a stink)
- like stink intensely; furiously
- to emit a foul smell
- slang to be thoroughly bad or abhorrentthis town stinks
- informal to have a very bad reputationhis name stinks
- to be of poor quality
- (foll by of or with) slang to have or appear to have an excessive amount (of money)
- (tr usually foll by up) informal to cause to stink
Word Origin and History for stinking
present participle adjective from stink (v.). Modifying drunk, first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956.
Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from West Germanic *stenkwanan (cf. Old Saxon stincan, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began in Old English and was primary by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.
c.1300, from stink (v.). Sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812.