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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
stink bomb
stinking/filthy richdisapproving (= very rich)
▪ She was obviously stinking rich.
▪ It stank to high heaven of salt-fish and shit, the aforementioned by far the more offensive.
▪ Their office layout stank to high-tech heaven.
▪ The place stank like a sewer!
▪ The place stank of cockroach repellant and dead cigarettes.
▪ The whole place stank of money: much more money than the singer could have earned at the Kitty Kat Club.
▪ I came downstairs and the place stank of unwashed bodies mixed with the smells of kippers being grilled and sausages fried.
▪ The place stank of paraffin and turpentine and dry rot.
▪ The place stank of scorched hair and deodorant.
▪ Like any over-populated, under-capitalised place, it could stink of smoke and shit and sick and sleep.
stinking drunk
▪ Clayton got positively stinking drunk.
▪ At Christmas, I tend to get stinking drunk with schlock.
stinking letter
stinking rich
▪ Her room is filthy, and it stinks.
▪ His clothes stank of cigarette smoke.
▪ How can you eat that cheese? It stinks.
▪ You boys stink to high heaven - go inside and take a shower.
▪ Your shoes stink.
▪ Boys with wicker baskets full of bricks and masonry hurry past; the streets stink and run with mud and excrement.
▪ But area teenagers said Wednesday that the provisions stink.
▪ But the move, though it stinks, was legal.
▪ Conveyancing is a reactionary adversarial system-and in the main it stinks.
▪ The fish Cassius returned home with lay in a plastic basin in the kitchen, spoiled and stinking.
▪ The woman stank of neglect, her clothes were torn and filthy, and tears had made twin furrows down her face.
▪ They said the protesters let off stink bombs and covered four players with eggs and flour.
▪ The not unfamiliar childish jape of depositing a stink bomb in her locker caused her great anguish.
▪ His remarkable doggedness led him to carry on regardless when two stink bombs broke everyone else's concentration.
▪ It's financial clout that counts or, failing that, kicking up a stink.
▪ It will still contain plenty of business and mortgage borrowers to kick up a stink about base rates.
▪ It's for your protection, so that you have the union behind you if Mellowes kicks up a stink.
kick up a fuss/stink/row
▪ It's financial clout that counts or, failing that, kicking up a stink.
▪ It's for your protection, so that you have the union behind you if Mellowes kicks up a stink.
▪ It might be partly because I didn't kick up a fuss when I lost the captaincy.
▪ It will still contain plenty of business and mortgage borrowers to kick up a stink about base rates.
▪ Yet when pedestrianisation was first announced the city's shopkeepers, taxi drivers and disabled groups kicked up a fuss.
stinking drunk
▪ Clayton got positively stinking drunk.
▪ At Christmas, I tend to get stinking drunk with schlock.
stinking letter
stinking rich
▪ The stink from the drains is almost unbearable in summer.
▪ The stink of burning rubber permeated the hot summer air.
▪ Emitting a stink that would have made a Tyryttiaki swamp mist seem fragrant.
▪ I raised a stink about it and got my seat back, but it was a Pyrrhic victory.
▪ It was the stink of suffering.
▪ She crept down toward the stink of blood.
▪ The stink of gasoline filled the air and the Prophet's eyes widened in shocked disbelief.
▪ You really do have to make a stink.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Stink \Stink\, v. t. To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.


Stink \Stink\, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench.

Fire stink. See under Fire.

Stink-fire lance. See under Lance.

Stink rat (Zo["o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.]

Stink shad (Zo["o]l.), the gizzard shad. [Local, U.S.]

Stink trap, a stench trap. See under Stench.


Stink \Stink\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Stunk, Stank, p. pr. & vb. n. Stinking.] [AS. stinkan to have a smell (whether good or bad); akin to OHG. stinchan, G. & D. stinken to stink; of uncertain origin; cf. Icel. st["o]kkva to leap, to spring, Goth. stigqan to push, strike, or Gr. ? rancid. Cf. Stench.] To emit a strong, offensive smell; to send out a disgusting odor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English stincan "emit a smell of any kind; exhale; rise (of dust, vapor, etc.)" (class III strong verb; past tense stanc, past participle stuncen), common West Germanic (cognates: Old Saxon stincan, West Frisian stjonke, Old High German stinkan, Dutch stinken), from the root of stench. Old English had swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense also was in Old English and predominated by mid-13c.; smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963.


mid-13c., "strong offensive odor," from stink (v.). Sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812.


n. 1 A strong bad smell. 2 (context informal English) A complaint or objection. 3 (context ''in plural'' '''stinks''' slang English) chemistry (qualifier: as a subject taught in school) 4 (context slang New Zealand English) A failure or unfortunate event. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To have a strong bad smell. 2 (context intransitive informal English) To be greatly inferior; to perform badly. 3 (context intransitive English) To give an impression of dishonesty or untruth. 4 (context transitive English) To cause to stink; to affect by a stink.

  1. v. be extremely bad in quality or in one's performance; "This term paper stinks!"

  2. smell badly and offensively; "The building reeks of smoke" [syn: reek]

  3. [also: stunk, stank]

  1. n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant [syn: malodor, malodour, stench, reek, fetor, foetor, mephitis]

  2. [also: stunk, stank]


Stink most commonly refers to unpleasant odor.

The term may also refer to:

  • Stink (EP), an EP by The Replacements
  • Flatulence, sometimes called a stink
  • Stink bomb, a device to create an unpleasant smell
  • Stink bug, a type of insect
  • Stink pipe, a slang term for part of a Drain-waste-vent system
Stink (EP)

Stink is an EP by the band The Replacements, recorded at Blackberry Way, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 13, 1982, and released on June 24, 1982.

Before the first track, "Kids Don't Follow", audio can be heard of the Minneapolis police breaking up a party at the Twin/Tone recording studio. It is possible by listening carefully to hear one of the audience members curse the police. The audience member in question is believed to be Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum.

The EP was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on April 22, 2008, with four additional tracks.

The song "Kids Don't Follow" was made available as Rock Band 2 DLC on May 19, 2009.

Usage examples of "stink".

Danforth and I saw the freshly glistening and reflectively iridescent black slime which clung thickly to those headless bodies and stank obscenely with that new, unknown odor whose cause only a diseased fancy could envisage--clung to those bodies and sparkled less voluminously on a smooth part of the accursedly resculptured wall in a series of grouped dots--we understood the quality of cosmic fear to its uttermost depths.

There was an end, at last, to the dizzy gyrations of the hole mto which they were packed, and the prisoners, foul with the slime of CAPTAIN CAUTION 379 the cable tier and sore from head to foot because of the bed of wet and stinking rope on which they had lain interminably, clambered weakly up the companion-ladders to find the barque hove-to under heavy skies in the lee of the crowded dockyard of Sheerness, at the mouths of the Thames and the Medway, and under the guns of two lowering forts.

I had hoped to soon set sail for Normandy, there to spend some time in my own lands and get the taste of this benighted land from off my tongue, its squalorous stinks from out my nostrils, not to set sail across thousands of leagues of open ocean to fetch up, at last, in a place even more primitive and dark and bloody than this Ireland.

But what made the xoph so loathsome was that it was snowy-white, a repulsive albino thing, its stalk-like legs and bloated belly shaggy with stinking white fur, besoiled with oily droppings.

It was stinking fatty Billyboy I wanted now, and there I was dancing about with my britva like I might be a barber on board a ship on a very rough sea, trying to get in at him with a few fair slashes on his unclean oily litso.

The other was, of course, Dim, who had used to be my droog and also the enemy of stinking fatty goaty Billyboy, but was now a millicent with uniform and shlem and whip to keep order.

The man smelled, They all smelled, he thought--sweat, dirt But Bonner stank.

In the onrush and annealment of his pain he leans toward pretty bonsai and a multicolored field of flowers, flowers to loop and strangle, their fuses clambering toward her throat and into her thighs, the stink refracted, the secret folding and unfolding of petals and of lips.

They were lying in a stinking brewhouse outside another inn, in Hampshire still as he imagined it, but perhaps in Dorset or in Sussex for all he really knew.

Others had entered the hall whilst the two men were speakinga gaggle of clan maids wheeling a laundry barrow and two ancient oasters from the brewhouse who stank of yeastand all eased back against the walls, sensing the tension in the entryway as livestock sensed a storm.

How dare they, he thought, fight their trivial buttles over which musicians would play at whose ball when four miles away men and women were struggling for their lives against an invisible slayer and the air dripped with the stink of corpses smoke, and death?

Griss Twist, just across the river, enjoyed a short-lived boom of small machinofacture, with all the noise and stink that that entailed.

Autumn was a time of sorting out the daffodil bulbs with their malathion stink, brushing their onionskin coatings from overly thick sweaters knit by two grandmothers who refused to speak English while they carded wool.

I could even wonder what rabbits had to do with anything, Merv jumped from his chair as if Cherry had rammed an electric cattle prod to his man-bits, and ran past us out of the stinking office.

What better way to pay back Barbara for dumping him, to pay back Colonel Hexham for helping him lose his wife, to pay back Oscar the guard for slugging him when he grabbed her to try to get her back, to pay back the Metallurgical Laboratory and the whole stinking human race on general principles?