stink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stinken, from Old English stincan, from Proto-Germanic *stinkwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *stengʷ-, *stegʷ- (to push, thrust, strike). Cognate with West Frisian stjonke (to stink), Dutch stinken (to stink), German stinken (to stink), Danish stinke (to stink), Swedish stinka (to stink), Icelandic stökkva (to spring, leap, jump).

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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. (slang, New Zealand) A failure or unfortunate event.
    The concert was stink.

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Adjective[edit]

stink (comparative more stink, superlative most stink)

  1. (Caribbean, Guyana) Bad-smelling, stinky[1].
    • 2013, Stabroek News, 19 February 2013, cited by Deborah Jan Osman Backer in a speech delivered in the National Assembly during the Budget Debate, 2013,[1]
      Everyone is up in arms but it smells stink because it smells of racism…
    • 2014, Taureef Mohammed, “Imam recounts 55-day Venezuelan horror,” Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, 26 May, 2014,[2]
      Spending hours in a “stink" morgue, being called “Taliban”, thinking of getting shot in the head by officers—memories of Venezuela that have left Hamza Mohammed, imam of the Montrose mosque, still trembling today.
    • 2016, Kei Miller, Augustown, New York: Pantheon, Chapter 1, p. 5,
      [] what Ma Taffy smells on this early afternoon makes her sit up straight. She smells it high and ripe and stink on the air, like a bright green jackfruit in season being pulled to the rocky ground below.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lise Winer (editor), Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago: On Historical Principles, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008, p. 854

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Dutch[edit]

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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