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[mal-oh-der-uh s] /mælˈoʊ dər əs/
having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad:
a malodorous swamp.
Origin of malodorous
1840-50; mal- + odorous
Related forms
malodorously, adverb
malodorousness, noun
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for malodorous
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  • What blood appeared was old, the surgeons averred, and malodorous, and flowed after the extraction of the sword.

  • But what was Milton doing in this malodorous and noisy assembly?

    Milton Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • The home of the draught horses was not nearly so interesting; it was dirty and malodorous, and the cow stalls nauseated Lilly.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • He saw the squalid tract of her vice, miserable and malodorous.

    Dubliners James Joyce
  • He embraced his daughter, and then again Pierre, and kissed him with his malodorous mouth.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • It has become a byword among the people as a malodorous cesspool.

  • The air in Southside Street differed from that of Dartmoor, being stuffy, not to say malodorous.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He was followed by a malodorous gust of vapor from the room he had just left.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Walking down the malodorous street, he said, quietly, "There will be a small moon to-night."

    The Pathless Trail Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
  • Why, then, does he come to thee, this malodorous—no—this pious Asiatic?

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
British Dictionary definitions for malodorous


having a bad smell
Derived Forms
malodorously, adverb
malodorousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for malodorous

1832, from mal- "bad" + odorous. Related: Malodorously; malodorousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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