verb (used without object), stank or, often stunk; stunk; stinking.
to emit a strong offensive smell.
to be offensive to honesty or propriety; to be in extremely bad repute or disfavor.
Informal. to be disgustingly inferior: That book stinks.
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.
to cause to stink or be otherwise offensive (often followed by up ): an amateurish performance that really stank up the stage.
a strong offensive smell; stench.
Informal. an unpleasant fuss; scandal: There was a big stink about his accepting a bribe.
stinks, (used with a singular verb) British Slang. chemistry as a course of study.
Verb phrases
stink out, to repel or drive out by means of a highly offensive smell.

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. Unabridged
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stink (stɪŋk)
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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Word Origin & History

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).
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with stink, also see big stink; make a stink; smell (stink) up.

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Example sentences
Dairy farms smell, but chicken farms stink, especially in the mid-afternoon
Apparently the fruit's sweet, creamy center is a treasure worth pursuing if you
  can bear the stink and get past the spiky husk.
The crew was ordered to the higher decks and armed with smoke bombs and bottles
  of butyric acid, which are mega stink bombs.
When a group of bed bugs gets disturbed, you may get a whiff of that odor,
  which is similar to the odor stink bugs give off.
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