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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
  • But a policy of pinching one's nose and engaging with malodorous regimes has its merits.
  • She opens a vial and wafts its malodorous brew toward my nose.
  • Foliage is malodorous when brushed against or bruised.
  • Working inside this tomb means coming to terms with rock falls, malodorous dust and faulty electrical supplies.
  • Unwashed soft drink cans or food containers may become malodorous or even attract insects, making them a health hazard.
  • In the audience were three generations of people whose lives were entwined with the field's malodorous evolution.
  • Most of his working time is spent keeping an inventory of provisions and offending visiting bigwigs with his malodorous presence.
  • The silent, malodorous site was surrounded by a corrugated tin fence topped with coils of barbed wire.
  • The remainder of the stream, however, includes compounds that are highly malodorous.
  • Disposable respirators and replaceable filters can be used until they are difficult to breathe through, damaged, or malodorous.
British Dictionary definitions for malodorous


having a bad smell
Derived Forms
malodorously, adverb
malodorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for malodorous

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

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