adjective, stink·i·er, stink·i·est.

foul smelling; stinking.
Informal. mean-spirited; nasty.

Origin of stinky

Can be confusedmalodorous odious odoriferous odorous smelly stinky Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective -ier or -iest

having a foul smell
informal unpleasant or disgusting
informal of poor quality; contemptible
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Word Origin and History for stinky

1888, from stink + -y (2). Related: Stinkiness.

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