stank

[stangk]
verb
a simple past tense of stink.
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stink

[stingk]
verb (used without object), stank or, often stunk; stunk; stinking.
1.
to emit a strong offensive smell.
2.
to be offensive to honesty or propriety; to be in extremely bad repute or disfavor.
3.
Informal. to be disgustingly inferior: That book stinks.
4.
Slang. to have a large quantity of something (usually followed by of or with ): They stink of money. She stinks with jewelry.
verb (used with object), stank or, often stunk; stunk; stinking.
5.
to cause to stink or be otherwise offensive (often followed by up ): an amateurish performance that really stank up the stage.
noun
6.
a strong offensive smell; stench.
7.
Informal. an unpleasant fuss; scandal: There was a big stink about his accepting a bribe.
8.
stinks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. chemistry as a course of study.
Verb phrases
9.
stink out, to repel or drive out by means of a highly offensive smell.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English stinken, Old English stincan; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; cognate with German stinken. (v.); cf. stench

outstink, verb (used with object), outstank or, often outstunk; outstunk; outstinking.


1. reek.
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stank1 (stæŋk)
 
vb
a past tense of stink

stank2 (stæŋk)
 
n
1.  a small cofferdam, esp one of timber made watertight with clay
2.  dialect (Scot), (Northern English) a pond or pool
 
vb
3.  (tr) to make (a stream, cofferdam, etc) watertight, esp with clay
 
[C13: from Old French estanc, probably from estancher to stanch]

stank3 (stæŋk)
 
n
1.  a drain, as in a roadway
2.  a draining board adjacent to a sink unit
 
[special use of stank² (in the sense: pool, pond)]

stink (stɪŋk)
 
n
1.  a strong foul smell; stench
2.  slang a great deal of trouble (esp in the phrase to makeorraise a stink)
3.  like stink intensely; furiously
 
vb (foll by of or with) (usually foll by up) , stinks, stinking, stank, stunk, stunk
4.  to emit a foul smell
5.  slang to be thoroughly bad or abhorrent: this town stinks
6.  informal to have a very bad reputation: his name stinks
7.  to be of poor quality
8.  slang to have or appear to have an excessive amount (of money)
9.  informal to cause to stink
 
[Old English stincan; related to Old Saxon stinkan, German stinken, Old Norse stökkva to burst; see stench]

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stink
O.E. stincan "emit a smell of any kind" (class III strong verb; past tense stonc), from W.Gmc. *stenkwanan (cf. O.S. stincan, O.H.G. stinkan, Du. stinken), from the root of stench. O.E. swote stincan "to smell sweet," but offensive sense began O.E. and was primary by mid-13c.;
smell now tends the same way. Figurative meaning "be offensive" is from early 13c.; meaning "be inept" is recorded from 1924. The noun is attested from c.1300; sense of "extensive fuss" first recorded 1812. Stinking in ref. to "drunk" first attested 1887; stinking rich dates from 1956. To stink to high heaven first recorded 1963. Stinker as a term of abuse (often banteringly) is attested from c.1600; also in the same sense was stinkard (c.1600).

stank
p.t. of sink (q.v.).
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Example sentences
It turned the water brown, it stank, it killed the fish.
Plainly, he sat at the pinnacle of a system that stank of patronage and
  corruption.
The train got its name from the early diesel engines it used, which stank to
  high heaven before technology corrected the problem.
While such a system may sound appealing, in reality it stank.
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