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stinker

[sting-ker] /ˈstɪŋ kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stinks.
2.
Informal. a mean or despicable person; louse.
3.
Informal. something, especially some form of entertainment, of inferior quality.
4.
Informal. something difficult:
a real stinker of a crossword puzzle.
5.
any device emitting an offensive odor, as a stink bomb or stinkpot.
6.
Dialect. any of several large petrels.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; 1920-25 for def 2; stink + -er1
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Examples for stinker
  • And what's wrong with the rankers that they had this stinker of a team listed at number five.
  • If they produce a stinker, their paycheck will feel the pain.
  • The select committee's report was naturally a stinker.
  • It seems to be a stinker with low advertising and subscription rates.
  • He gave up nine hits, walked four and struck out four in the stinker.
  • For every good performance he delivers he seems to follow that up with a stinker or two.
  • Felt bad but the little stinker never bit anyone again.
  • Unless they've made lots of changes based on audience feedback, they must realize that they have a stinker on their hands.
  • Our second largest weasel is also, for some, the biggest stinker.
British Dictionary definitions for stinker

stinker

/ˈstɪŋkə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stinks
2.
(slang) a difficult or very unpleasant person or thing
3.
(slang) something of very poor quality
4.
(informal) any of several fulmars or related birds that feed on carrion
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Word Origin and History for stinker
n.

as a term of abuse (often banteringly), c.1600, agent noun from stink (v.); also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).

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Slang definitions & phrases for stinker

stinker

noun
  1. A despicable person; bastard: Stop acting like a stinker (1898+)
  2. (also stinkeroo) Something disgusting, nasty, badly done, etc: If it proves to be a ''stinkeroo'' leave the theater quietly or suffer in silence (1917+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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