Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Stinking \Stink"ing\, a. & n. from Stink, v.
Stinking badger (Zo["o]l.), the teledu.
Stinking cedar (Bot.), the California nutmeg tree; also, a related tree of Florida ( Torreya taxifolia).
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
late 14c., earlier stinkend, from Old English stincende; present participle adjective from stink (v.). Modifying drunk, first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956.
1 Having a pungent smell. 2 Very bad and undesirable. 3 (context vulgar English) An intensifier, a minced oath. n. The emission of a foul smell. v
(present participle of stink English)
Stinking may refer to:
- Having an unpleasant odor
- Stinking Creek (disambiguation)
- Stinking Lake (New Mexico)
- Stinking Point, a cape in Maryland and Virginia
- Stinking River, a river in Virginia
Usage examples of "stinking".
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.
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.
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.
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?
Zap and you have cancer of the cervix, rotting ovaries, one of those female things, and it metastasizes overnight and you come apart, turning into a puddle of stinking fluids in the county hospital.
Bezul, this has nothing to do with that Nighter stinking up the front room.
He should have been in the hospital right now, surrounded by state-of-the-art twenty-first-century technology, beginning a program of physiotherapy and recuperation, not stuck in the corner of this stinking tent.
North fed the psychopomp from his own larder, and housed him within his shack, as custom demanded, and all he asked in return was that the howling, stinking shades be flushed out and away.
And what became of that Ku-La, who was with us in the stinking Ratton pen?
A sharp noise sounded between the princess and Sarmon, and in the next instant two men, stinking of blood and gore, appeared.
In this dark and stinking place, the Dog Fenn light and air that spilt through from above was like bleach.
Closing her eyes, Darcie tried to push aside the image of Steppy, unshaven, unwashed, stinking of liquor and misery.