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
Examples from the Web for stunk
Contemporary Examples of stunk
One episode, the Christmas one, we all pigged out like crazy and went to see Tron: Legacy right after, and we all stunk horribly.Epic Meal Time Creators on Their Future Plans
March 18, 2011
Historical Examples of stunk
As for the effluent, it was thick and turbid, and stunk like a dirty brewery.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
First the candle burnt down in its socket and stunk: he did not notice it.Desperate Remedies
It was fishy—it stunk from here to Mars, but Rinehart covered it up fast and clean.Martyr
Alan Edward Nourse
There have been times when the Fraser River stunk with rotten salmon.Poor Man's Rock
Bertrand W. Sinclair
"The 'fire', if you want to call it that, must have stunk up the place pretty badly," said one of the men dryly.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
verb stinks, stinking, stank, stunk or stunk (mainly intr)
Word Origin for stink
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