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. (in plural stinks, slang) chemistry (as a subject taught in school)
    • The Boy's Own Annual (volume 35, page 214)
      Very few boys could resist the attractions of mixing up chemicals, manufacturing unsavoury smells, and producing loud explosions. Bowney was an exception to the general rule, however; he never had studied "Stinks," []
  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