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[sting-ker] /ˈstɪŋ kər/
a person or thing that stinks.
Informal. a mean or despicable person; louse.
Informal. something, especially some form of entertainment, of inferior quality.
Informal. something difficult:
a real stinker of a crossword puzzle.
any device emitting an offensive odor, as a stink bomb or stinkpot.
Dialect. any of several large petrels.
Origin of stinker
1600-10; 1920-25 for def 2; stink + -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


a person or thing that stinks
(slang) a difficult or very unpleasant person or thing
(slang) something of very poor quality
(informal) any of several fulmars or related birds that feed on carrion
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Word Origin and History for stinker

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stinker


noun phrase

(also big stink) An extensive fuss; huge brouhaha; scandal: ''I never made a big stink about it,'' says Righetti (1812+)


(also stink on ice)Tobe deplorable, nasty, totally inept or bungling, disgusting, etc; rot, suck: The whole idea stinks, if you ask me/ The group and its main man stunk on ice (1225+)

Related Terms

act like one's shit doesn't stink, think one's shit doesn't stink

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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