stink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, from Proto-Germanic *stinkaną. Compare Dutch stinken, German stinken, Swedish stinka.

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Verb[edit]

stink (third-person singular simple present stinks, present participle stinking, simple past stank or stunk, past participle stunk)

  1. (intransitive) To have a strong bad smell.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly.
    That movie stinks. I didn't even stay for the end.
  3. (intransitive) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth.
    Something stinks about the politician's excuses.
  4. (transitive) To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (have a strong bad smell): pong, reek
  • (be greatly inferior): suck, blow
  • (give an impression of dishonesty or untruth): be fishy

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Noun[edit]

stink (plural stinks)

  1. A strong bad smell.
  2. (informal) A complaint or objection.
    If you don't make a stink about the problem, nothing will be done.
  3. (in plural stinks, slang) chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
  4. (slang, New Zealand) A failure or unfortunate event.
    The concert was stink.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

stink

  1. first-person singular present indicative of stinken
  2. imperative of stinken

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Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

stink

  1. Imperative of stinka.