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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English stinkinge, stinkinde, stinkende, stynkande, stynkand, from Old English stincende, from Proto-Germanic *stinkwandz (stinking), present participle of Proto-Germanic *stinkwaną (to stink), equivalent to stink +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch stinkend (stinking, stinky), German stinkend (stinking, stinky), Danish stinkende (stinking, stinky), Norwegian stinkende (stinking, stinky).


stinking (comparative more stinking, superlative most stinking)

  1. Having a pungent smell.
  2. Very bad and undesirable.
    Despite leading the way for years, the new model is really stinking.
  3. (euphemistic) An intensifier, a minced oath.
    We don't need your stinking sympathy.



  1. present participle of stink

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English stinkinge, stynkynge, equivalent to stink +‎ -ing.


stinking (plural stinkings)

  1. The emission of a foul smell.
    • 2013, Phaedra. C Pezzullo, Cultural Studies and Environment, Revisited (page 42)
      From the magnificent ejaculation of the Waimangu geyser, to the tiniest of gaseous emissions, descriptions of the thermal reserve were rife with dischargings, bubblings and stinkings, quiverings and palpitations, orifices and protuberances.