Origin of stinking
Synonyms for stinking
verb (used without object), stank or, often, stunk; stunk; stink·ing.
verb (used with object), stank or, often, stunk; stunk; stink·ing.
Origin of stink
Synonyms for stink
Related Words for stinkingputrid, funky, fetid, foul, rank, reeking, malodorous, mephitic, noisome, offensive, rancid, odiferous
Examples from the Web for stinking
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of stinking
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.
verb stinks, stinking, stank, stunk or stunk (mainly intr)
Word Origin for stink
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with stink
- stink to high heaven
- big stink
- make a stink
- smell (stink) up