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From Middle English stinky, stynky, equivalent to stink +‎ -y. Compare Dutch stinkig (stinky, foul, rotten), German stinkig (stinky), Hunsrik stinkich.


  • IPA(key): /ˈstɪŋki/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋki


stinky (comparative stinkier or more stinky, superlative stinkiest or most stinky)

  1. Having a strong, unpleasant smell; stinking.
    What's that stinky smell?
  2. (informal) Bad, undesirable.
    • 1991, Theresa P. Gladden, Romancing Susan,[1] Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 37,
      [] she walked over to the table and switched off the Walkman as she sat down.
      “Hey!” Nikki yelped. “That was a stinky thing to do. That was my favorite song.”
    • 2003, Betty Levin, Shoddy Cove,[2] HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 151,
      “School all year round.” The father groaned. “What a good idea.”
      “Stupid, stinky idea,” a child remarked from across the room.
    • 2007, Aletha V. Smithson, “Pacifier Breaking” (poem), in As He Was Known,[3] AuthorHouse, →ISBN, page 172,
      The binky drifted up and far away,
      To the man in the moon, I heard them say;
      A cute idea but a rotten stinky plan.

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stinky (plural stinkies)

  1. (childish) a bowel movement; feces or diarrhoea
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:feces